Photos: Streetcar closer to rolling
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.