In February of 2010, Secretary of the United States Department of Transportation Ray LaHood came to Tucson to present us with a check for $63 million dollars in federal stimulus money to fund our downtown modern streetcar project.
On April 12, 2012 the Regional Transportation Authority broke ground on the 3.9 mile streetcar line that will link the University Medical Center, University Blvd., 4th Ave. and downtown areas.
We who work in and frequent the affected areas have dealt with road construction, blockages, detours and general inconveniences for some time now. The businesses on east Congress, University Boulevard and 4th Avenue have suffered major reductions in business with no compensation from the city.
Please patronize those businesses when you can, as they are all still open for business, but struggling. 4th Avenue north of 6th St. is now open for traffic and easily accessible. The section south of 6th St. is now closed, but the sidewalks are open, so park on one of the adjacent streets and walk over. University Blvd. and Congress can also be accessed by foot after parking on streets close-by.
There are a lot of small businesses which have invested their time, money and sweat equity into revitalizing these areas of town – and have done a good start. Let’s do our part to keep them in business. They rely on us, just as we rely on them.