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Photos: Streetcar closer to rolling

  • Rich Blue/TucsonSentinel.com
  • Not everyone was a fan of the streetcar. A handful of protestors passed out fliers.
    Rich Blue/TucsonSentinel.comNot everyone was a fan of the streetcar. A handful of protestors passed out fliers.
  • Dylan Smith/TucsonSentinel.com
  • Dylan Smith/TucsonSentinel.com
  • State Sen. Steve Farley, a longtime advocate of light rail and public transit, spoke at the opening of the streetcar operations center.
    Dylan Smith/TucsonSentinel.comState Sen. Steve Farley, a longtime advocate of light rail and public transit, spoke at the opening of the streetcar operations center.
  • You can look, but don't touch.
    Dylan Smith/TucsonSentinel.comYou can look, but don't touch.
  • Dylan Smith/TucsonSentinel.com

All shined up but with no place to go until testing begins next week, the first vehicle of Tucson's Sun Link streetcar fleet was on display Friday for the hundreds of Tucsonans who turned out for a ribbon-cutting at the new streetcar maintenance facility downtown.

About 500 people crowded into a plaza at the building, listening to Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and state Sen. Steve Farley extol the virtues of the project.

The first streetcar delivered was placed outside, just behind velvet ropes, and those in attendance were cautioned not to touch it. (This reporter, bracing while taking a photo, managed to smudge the glossy paint job with a sweaty handprint.)

Showing up as the crowd dissipated, former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords toured the facility with husband Mark Kelly. Along with U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva, Giffords was a backer of the project while serving in Congress.

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