Jul 22, 2014 11:04 AM by Monica Garcia

Downtown businesses prepare for the streetcar

TUCSON - The grand opening event for the launch of the Sun Link Tucson streetcar is Friday, July, 25th.

Businesses, both old and new, in downtown are preparing for the launch and celebration.

Long established Hotel Congress has a number of events planned to help celebrate the launch. Just up Congress Street the co-owner of Saint House and 47 Scott, Travis Reese, said he has big hopes for the streetcar.

"You sort of have a captive audience who is going to go by the different stores," Reese said." That's what we all talk about, We are going to have eyeballs sitting there looking at your storefront, restaurant and maybe saying, next time I'm going to get off at this stop and come in. "

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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