Ground Breaking for Tucson’s Modern Streetcar

Ground breaking ceremonies took place in Tucson, Arizona this morning for the 3.9 mile modern streetcar project which will link the University Health Sciences Center to 4th Ave, downtown, and the Mercado District west of I-10 sometime in late 2013.

The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) project will create a fixed-rail / electric system at street level (announced today that it will be called Link) which will share a lane of traffic. The estimated $162 million project was kick-started by a $63 million federal TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) grant presented to the city in February 2010. It is the largest TIGER grant awarded anywhere in the country – according to U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood.

LaHood, who in 2010 presented the federal stimulus check to then Mayor Bob Walkup, was back today to take part in the ground breaking with current Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, Rep. Raul Grijalva, Rep. Ed Pastor, UA interim President Eugene Sander, Bob Walkup, Granite Construction representatives and other local and regional dignitaries.


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