Aug 26, 2013 7:10 PM by Brian White
TUCSON - The first streetcar in Tucson's history is set to arrive from Portland Friday morning.
The first shipment of the cars left the Pacific Northwest Monday morning on its trek to Arizona. The car was loaded on a flat bed truck Monday morning from United Streetcar, a subsidiary of Oregon Ironworks. That's the company contracted to design and build the streetcar system.
Testing on the streetcar on the newly laid tracks still needs to be done before it's open for public use. That's expected to get underway in October. Completion of the streetcar system is expected next year.
— United Streetcar (@UnitedStreetcar) August 26, 2013
According to TucsonStreetCar.com:
The Sun Link Streetcar vehicles, which are being manufactured by Oregon Ironworks (IOW), will be among the first batch of "Made in America" streetcar vehicles in 60 years. Eight all-electric, state-of-the-art vehicles will be manufactured, with six in operation and two spares. Each vehicle will accommodate approximately 180 passengers and feature:
A customized cooling system for our desert climate
Multiple low floor doors, with easy on-off for wheelchairs, bicyclists and strollers
ADA accessibility - LED information and Braille signage
Streetcar vehicles will travel in mixed traffic, sharing lanes with vehicles and bicyclists. The system is compatible with on-street parking.