Feb 4, 2014 6:45 AM by Ryan Haarer
TUCSON- The City of Tucson now has half of their streetcar fleet with number four pulling into town early this morning.
While the public might not notice any major differences, Andrew H. Quigley, co-manager for the Modern Street Car Project says four cars replicates what off peak service will look like. They can now do real simulations of service, testing station stop issues, timing and headway issues.
"We can simulate a breakdown of a vehicle and bring a fourth car out of the barn and replace it in service. These are all things that we have to do to be compliant for operational readiness for the Federal Government," Quigley said.
The fourth car will spend two weeks in the Sunlink Operations and Maintenance Facility going through static testing before hitting the street.
The city is reminding the public to be aware of the streetcar when out on the road. They say the electric car is very quiet, so you may not always hear it coming. Never pass a streetcar if there is only one lane of traffic. Also, be sure to park in marked parking spots along the streetcar route.
The fifth car is expected from Oregon manufacturer, Iron Works, in March. Revenue operations are expected to begin sometime this summer.