SUN LINK ON TRACK TO START CARRYING RIDERS NEXT SUMMER - Tests of the City’s first modern streetcar vehicle have gone well, according to TDOT officials. Tests of the second vehicle, delivered yesterday morning, are expected to begin next week. Delivery of a third vehicle is expected next month. All eight vehicles must be delivered and complete a comprehensive series of tests before the line can become operational. Project manager Joe Chase says the line is still on schedule to begin operating next summer.
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FINANCE DEPARTMENT TO OFFER FREE TAX AND LICENSE WORKSHOPS - Over the next two weeks, the City of Tucson’s Finance Department will conduct workshops to help current and prospective holders of Transaction Privilege Tax (sales tax) licenses understand their rights and responsibilities. Separate workshops will be held for retailers and contractors. These workshops are free and open to the public.

SUGGESTION OF INTERSTATE BYPASSING TUCSON DRAWS CONCERNS - At an ADOT hearing on Interstate 11 last week, residents voiced opposition to a proposed route that would bypass Tucson through the Avra Valley area, west of the Tucson Mountains. The proposal has prompted one area resident to launch a petition against the proposal, which has now been signed by about 700 people. Russell Lowes, energy chairman for the Sierra Club Rincon Group, says the proposed bypass will lead to urban sprawl next to Saguaro National Park. “It would create new areas of population, destroying wild areas that don’t need to be developed at this point,” he said. Supporters of the plan include Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry and TREO CEO Joe Snell. “That interstate will move goods and services from Mexico,” says Snell. “It allows Tucson to really play as an inter-modal facility, to further transfer those goods whether they be by rail, by truck or by air cargo to different places in the United States.” From Cronkite News.

SAHUARITA’S GROWTH PLANS TO BE DISCUSSED AT TWO PUBLIC MEETINGS NEXT WEEK - Representatives of the Town of Sahuarita will discuss the town’s general plan, streets plan and conceptual annexation plan at two open-house meetings next week. The annexation plan is being drawn up by a committee of staff workers and consultants. The idea is to add roughly 60 square miles of state land to the town limits over time. Sahuarita officials want to have land uses and streets for the new area outlined in the town’s next general plan, which is due in July 2015. From the Star.

THIS WEEKEND: UA MED SCHOOL TO OFFER FREE CPR TRAINING - The University of Arizona, where chest-compression-only CPR was developed, will offer a free class in the method on Saturday morning. The class is scheduled for 10 a.m. and registration starts at 9:30 a.m. in DuVal Auditorium at The University of Arizona Medical Center - University Campus, 1501 N. Campbell Ave. The event is free and open to the public. Free parking is available. Research has shown that chest-compression-only CPR, an easy-to-learn lifesaving skill, doubles a person's chance of surviving sudden cardiac arrest. From the Star.