July 24, 2015

Free rides Saturday, 7/25, to celebrate the streetcar’s one-year anniversary

SunLink streetcar anniversary

Waiting to begin the press conference at the Operations & Maintenance Facility, July 2015

This Saturday, July 25th, enjoy free rides on Tucson’s Sun Link streetcar to celebrate its one-year anniversary.

From 8:00 a.m. Saturday until 2:00 a.m. Sunday the streetcar will be free to ride, Mayor Jonathan Rothschild announced at a press conference, thanks to the generous sponsorship of Tucson Medical Center, Tucson Electric Power and the Friends of the Tucson Streetcar.

Special events will take place along the streetcar line, including a concert featuring Crystal Stark, part of KXCI’s Summer in the City Concert Series. To attend, board the specially marked streetcar at the stop on Avenida del Convento and Congress at 7:00 p.m.

The streetcar has had a successful first year—more than 1.1 million riders so far. On its biggest day, 10,000 Tucsonans and visitors rode the streetcar.

In describing the streetcar’s success, Mayor Rothschild emphasized that it’s not just ridership, but also economic development and other benefits—cleaner air, greener infrastructure, a renewed downtown and less traffic—that make the streetcar important to Tucson.

The mayor thanked city staff and the RTA for the project’s success, noting that, “In design and execution, Tucson’s streetcar continues to be the model for other cities.”

SunLink Streetcar anniversary

With Gene Caywood, Friends of the Tucson Streetcar; Shirley Scott, Ward 4 Council Member; Regina Romero, Ward 1 Council Member; and Jim DeGrood, Regional Transportation Authority, July 2015