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Tucson - February 2006

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Tucson ― Streetcar Study

Rail Transit Online, February 2006

Phase I of an Alternatives Analysis on a proposed 3.8-mi. (6.1 km) downtown streetcar line is nearly complete, although the cost estimate has risen from $90 million to $100 million.  The zigzag route would run from the Arizona Health Sciences Center to the vicinity of Interstate 10 west of downtown, although a specific route has not been selected.  The Regional Transportation Authority hopes to obtain 50 percent funding from the federal government and have the line open, using modern streetcars, in 2012.  There could also be a tie-in with the existing Old Pueblo Trolley, a heritage line that operates along University Boulevard and 4th Avenue.  The Tucson city council is scheduled to vote on whether to support the project at its Jan. 18 meeting.  “For us, it's an important milestone,” transportation department project manager Shellie Ginn told the Arizona Daily Star.  “We've got a ways to go.  But we're sticking to our timeline, and we're doing pretty well.”  A spokesman for Mayor Bob Walkup said little or no opposition is expected from council members.  A major hurdle will be the May 16 ballot, when voters will have to approve a half-percent sales tax increase to finance the streetcar’s local share. 

Web site: www.tucsontransitstudy.com/index.html


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