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Streetcar service cuts back on track

Late-night hours for Tucson's Sunlink streetcar will be cut starting Thursday, after having been pushed back a week. Thursday nights, the streetcar will now make its last run at 10 p.m., instead of 2 a.m. On Fridays and Saturdays, the streetcar system will run through midnight instead of two hours later.... Read more»

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Cut in streetcar hours delayed for Council review

Late-night hours for Tucson's Sunlink streetcar were to have been cut starting Thursday, but officials have put off the service cuts to allow the City Council to again take a look at the reductions — which were part of a series of cuts to help close a $25 million budget gap.... Read more»1

City vague on details of streetcar ridership

In the first week of paid ridership, Tucsonans took 28,000 trips aboard the new streetcar system. While disclosing that the streetcar had an average of 3,900 riding daily, city officials were reluctant to discuss how many of those riders were paying members of the general public. The figures released are based on counting every time someone steps on or off a streetcar, including drivers, Sun Link staff and police.... Read more»4

Humming along: Streetcar ridership besting projections

In the first week of paid ridership, Tucsonans took 28,000 trips aboard the new Sun Link streetcar system. With an average of more than 3,900 riding daily, the system's early ridership is more than the projection of 3,600. Officials said they expect ridership to increase as UA students return.... Read more»4

Streetcar ridership on track: 13k over 4 days

In the first four days of paid ridership, nearly 13,000 Tucsonans jumped aboard the new Sun Link streetcar system. Last weekend, some 60,000 took advantage of three days of free rides on the four-mile route. Officials said the fares were just less than projections, but cautioned that ridership should be judged over time.... Read more»14

Free ride: 60k hop on Sun Link in first days of streetcar ops

The offer of a free ride was taken up by about 60,000 Tucsonans over the first three days of streetcar operations, as the opening of the Sun Link streetcar led to long lines of potential passengers waiting to board.... Read more»1

Photos: Streetcar gets warm welcome

A gritty sky and rising temperatures didn't keep Tucsonans from turning out to celebrate the launch of the Sun Link streetcar, which made a series of ribbon-cutting whistle stops along its route before a morning event Downtown that inaugurated the line's first run carrying the general public.... Read more»2

Streetcar video tour: Ride the entire route in 3 minutes

Set to the strains of "Old Pueblo Ska," here's a tour of the entire route of the Sun Link streetcar. Sped up almost 20 times normal speed, the hour-long complete circuit takes just under three minutes in this video.... Read more»2

Sun Link opening: Local businesses all aboard with streetcar events

Stretching from the University of Arizona, down 4th Avenue and through Downtown to the Mercado District on the West Side, restaurants, clubs and businesses along the line of the new Sun Link streetcar will mark the opening of the route with a weekend of dozens of events, from the family-friendly to more adult pursuits. Here's a run-down of all the fun:... Read more»

Report: Driving drops in Az as more ride public transportation

Public transit use rose across Arizona as the number of miles driven dwindled, according to a new report that called for shifting funds from “unnecessary” highway projects to mass transit. The report said bus and rail ridership grew across the state from 2005 to 2010, largely driven by increases in Phoenix and Tucson, while the number of miles driven has fallen.... Read more»

Rogue Columnist

Train dreams could help solve Az's transportation nightmare

The news stories said that ADOT was seeking our input on its study of passenger rail between Phoenix and Tucson. It isn't seeking my input for reasons that will become apparent, but here goes anyway. Anti-train sentiment is odd considering America's close and abiding relationship with the railroad. Nothing could be more American than a train. I thought conservatism was all about conserving the best.... Read more»

Cities turning to streetcars to spur economic development

While only two of the eight cars that will be used to ferry passengers every 10 minutes have arrived, and operations will not start until next year, Tucson business leaders say the streetcar has already revived the center of this sprawling, artsy city. Nationwide, light rail (including streetcars) is by far the fastest-growing mode of transit, carrying 2.5 times as many passengers as in 1990.... Read more»

First streetcar en route to Tucson

After much delay, the first of Tucson's new streetcars is on its way from Oregon. The car was loaded on a flat-bed truck in Portland on Monday, and is due to arrive Friday morning. The first of eight streetcars will undergo months of testing before the public will be allowed to climb aboard.... Read more»1

John C. Scott Show

J.C. Scott: Dems Chairman Rogers will not seek another term

Pima County Democratic Party Chairman Jeff Rogers, Ward 4 Tucson City Councilwoman Shirley Scott, RTA's Director of the Mainstreet Business Assistance Program Britton Dornquast, and Tucson Weekly's new editor, Dan Gibson... Read more»

John C. Scott Show

J.C. Scott: 'No' on Prop. 409 gears up

Interviews with Shaun McClusky, organizer of a "No on Prop. 409" campaign, plus developer Richard Studwell and Arizona Capitol Times Editor Jim Small.... Read more»

Sun Link

Streetcar construction update

An update on the construction of the Sun Link streetcar between Downtown and the University of Arizona, as released by the city Department of Transportation.... Read more»

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