Transportation Secretary Ray
LaHood was in Tucson, Arizona, on April 12 for a ceremony to launch
major construction works for the Tucson Modern Streetcar project and
unveil the Sun Link branding for the new line. The 6·2 km route
will run on-street from Arizona Health Sciences Center via the
University of Arizona and 4th Avenue Business District to the
downtown area and a loop in the Mercado District. There will be 17
stops serving a population of more than 85 000. Opening is
scheduled for late 2013. Services will run from 06.00 to 02.00, with
a 10 min frequency during the day and 20 min in the evenings.
A $56m construction contract has
been awarded to the Old Pueblo Trackworks joint venture of Granite
Construction and RailWorks Track Systems. Seven low-floor
air-conditioned trams with a capacity of 180 passengers each have
been ordered from Oregon Iron Works' United Streetcar subsidiary.
The project is being managed by
the City of Tucson and the Regional Transportation Authority as part
of a $2·1bn transport plan supported by a sales tax which local
voters approved in 2006. The federal Department of Transportation is
meeting $78·7m of the $196·6m cost of the streetcar project, with
the remainder coming from local sources.
'Tucson is joining a growing list
of American cities - from Portland, Oregon, to Charlotte, North
Carolina - where the modern streetcar is spurring economic
development, revitalizing downtown neighborhoods and attracting a
new generation of riders', said LaHood.
Source: Railway Gazette
Construction on the city's new 3.9 mile streetcar line is
scheduled to begin in April. Click
here for additional details.
2011: The project website has been updated with a 10-28-11
project update sheet.
magazine article 2011
Modern Streetcar article on Light Rail Now website
page on the APTA Heritage Trolley site
Old Pueblo Trolley website
a Wild Ride Along the Modern Streetcar Route article 5/8/09
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