Tucson ― Streetcar Faces Funding Obstacles
Rail Transit Online, September 2010
Tucson city officials must find an
additional $26 million to close a funding gap in the budget for the $182-million modern streetcar project. The Federal Transportation Administration rejected an application for a $19-million grant, adding financial pressure now that the design is at
the 60-percent level.
"The strategies we've pursued is to look for any and all grant opportunities," Tucson Transportation Director Jim Glock told KTTU-TV News. Glock said he will apply for funding under the next round of the federal TIGER program, adding that the estimated
capital cost is actually declining as design work advances.
The 3.6-mi. (5.8 km) line will connect the University Medical Center, the University of Arizona campus, downtown and the Rio Nuevo cultural center.