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Tucson - November 2005

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Tucson ― Streetcar Recommended

Rail Transit Online, November 2005

Two citizens committees appointed by the city to investigate the feasibility of a modern streetcar system for Tucson have both recommended that a line be built from the University of Arizona hospital to Rio Nuevo on the west side of Downtown.  The advisory panels’ findings now go to the city council for approval.  Transportation Department project manager Shellie Ginn predicted that the project could be completed by 2011 if all other required authorizations can be received and funding — 50 percent federal, 50 percent local — is obtained. 


Meanwhile, The Regional Transportation Authority on Oct. 26 unanimously approved a draft 20-year, $2.1-billion transportation plan that includes $89 million for the streetcar.  The proposal would primarily benefit local streets and highways but would also provide money for expanded and improved bus service.  If the Pima County Board of Supervisors approves, the plan will be placed on next May’s ballot for voter approval of a 0.5-percent sales tax increase to fund the local share.  Voters decisively defeated two measures in November 2003, one for a new light rail line and the other for expansion of the heritage Old Pueblo Trolley.


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