Jul 29, 2014 7:00 PM by Nathan O'Neal

TPD deploys special patrol along streetcar route to educate public

TUCSON - Tucson Police deployed a special patrol for the first two weeks of the modern streetcar's operation, focusing on educating the public on potential problems.

Some of the main issues officers are speaking to people about include obeying traffic signage, being cautious in narrow lanes, parking properly and not driving in the underpass located beneath Speedway Blvd.

"So if there is somebody coming through here other than the streetcar, there is a good chance for a head-on collision because there are a lot of blind spots coming though," said TPD Lt. Rich Anemone.

"This is a really important thing for folks to be aware of ... that they cannot go through this area," he said.

Sun Link estimates that 3,500 passengers paid their way onto the streetcar's first day of normal operation. There were a few technical glitches with pay stations and validators -- however, most of the problems were addressed quickly.

Photo Courtesy: Tucson Modern Streetcar on Facebook

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