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Jul 21, 2014 11:04 AM by Monica Garcia

Countdown begins for the Tucson Modern Streetcar

TUCSON-The countdown is on, in just five days the modern streetcar will begin service.

The 3.9-mile streetcar route connects The University of Arizona, parts of downtown including 4th Avenue, Congress and the Downtown redevelopment area west of I-10, including the Mercado District.

According to Sunlink an estimated 1,480 long-term regional jobs were created as a result of the streetcar.

The modern streetcar project is part of the $2.1 billion Regional Transportation Plan, approved by Pima County voters in May 2006. The project is funded by the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) and through federal and other regional funds. The City of Tucson and the RTA are co-managing the project.

According to Shelly Ginn from the Tucson Modern Streetcar Project, the road to Friday's grand opening wasn't always an easy one.

"We were included in the 2006 regional transportation project list,that was huge for us we got $87.7 million in voter approved funding," Ginn said. "That's what helped us start discussions with the federal government to match it with federal funds."

Service frequency will be from 6:00 AM to 2:00 AM daily. The streetcar is expected to reach a stop every 10 minutes during the day and every 20 minutes during the evening.

For more information on the streetcar, visit there website by clicking here.

The Sun Link Tucson Streetcar team is also recruiting volunteers to assist riders on the streetcar, July 25 thru July 27. For information on how to help, click here.

The City of Tucson has created a video explaining how drivers should park downtown so they don't block the streetcar. Watch the video here.

They also created a video to help keep cyclists safe around the streetcar and it's tracks. Watch the video here.

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