Jul 24, 2014 2:59 PM by Marissa Esquivel

Tucson kicks off the historic launch of the Sun Link streetcar

TUCSON - With Friday being the launch of the new Sun Link streetcar, Tucson is hosting some events in honor of the new addition to central Tucson.

Each of the five districts Downtown, 4th Avenue, Mercado, Main Gate, and the University of Arizona will be sponsoring free activities, music, and entertainment, while many shops and restaurants will offer discounts.

Some of the many events include a pop up beach, outdoor movie screen, an instrument petting zoo, farmers' markets, and karaoke on the new Luis Gutierrez Bridge over the Santa Cruz River.

A full listing of activities at the Friends of the Tucson Streetcar website. The streetcar will be free to ride July 25-27 starting at approximately 10 a.m. Friday morning.

Rides will be free for the first three days, and the City of Tucson expects many citizens to get on board. There are plenty of places to park, about 11,000 spaces in all. Sun Link has a map of garages and surface lot parking along the route.

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