On Friday, September 6, 2013 at 4 p.m., the City of Tucson and the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) are hosting a community event at the new Sun Link Maintenance & Operations Facility, 290 E. Eighth Street, to dedicate the newly constructed Facility and to showcase Tucson’s first Made in the USA Sun Link streetcar. 

Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild will be master of ceremonies with speakers from U.S. Congressman Raúl M. Grijalva’s office and U.S. Congressman Ron Barber’s office, Arizona State Senator Steve Farley and 2013 RTA Board Chair Steve Christy.

The event will start at 4 p.m. and last approximately 30 minutes.  Event attendees will be able to:

  • See and take exterior photos of streetcar 101, Tucson’s first Sun Link streetcar
  • Talk to the project team and Sun Link personnel
  • Take a guided tour of the Sun Link Maintenance & Operations Facility
  • Learn about the Streetcar Street-Smart Public Safety Education Campaign

The arrival of the first streetcar marks the start of rigorous vehicle and system tests at the Sun Link Maintenance & Operations Facility and along the new streetcar route, in addition to driver testing and certification.  All eight of Tucson’s Sun Link streetcars, some of the first manufactured in the U.S. in nearly 60 years, must undergo and pass safety tests mandated by the Federal Transit Administration to be ready for passenger service in the summer of 2014.  

Visit www.SunLinkStreetcar.com for more information about the event, the project, and streetcar testing.  Streetcar Street-Smart Safety information for bicyclists, pedestrians and motorists - how-to videos, brochures, and tips - is also available online.

The Tucson Sun Link Streetcar is a project of the RTA and part of the voter-approved, $2.1 billion RTA plan that will be implemented through 2026. Details about the full plan are available at www.RTAmobility.com. The Sun Link project is co-managed by the City of Tucson and the RTA.