Another streetcar setback for Downtown Tucson
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Reporter: Cory Marshall
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - The delay is definite. Tucson residents won't see city streetcars making regular rounds downtown in 2013 or even into parts of 2014.
According to Tucson's Sun Link co-manager, Andrew Quigley, streetcar opening day has been pushed back at least six months. The delay moves original opening day plans from October 2013 to late spring or early summer 2014.
The backstory on the delay? United Streetcar, the company building the city's streetcar fleet is backlogged.
David Fregonese is CEO of the Chicago Music Store. A few weeks ago, accessing his downtown music store was a struggle for customers. Fregonese says when it comes to the streetcars themselves, he's willing to wait.
"I just think it's not going to be a deterrent to people being on the streets and shopping local businesses," Fregonese said.
A Sun Link spokesperson tells 9OYS he is dissapointed by the delay but the priority is streetcar safety and reliability.
9OYS asked downtown resident, Steven Meckler if he was frustrated by the added street car delay, "You know it's made such a big change already, even not running at all with all the businesses coming in that I think it's fine," Meckler said.
For the most part, downtown business owners and managers agree. David Slutes works at Hotel Congress.
"I think we're so use to these kind of disappointments. No one expects anything less, so this is where we're par for the course right now. We're looking for the street car. We'll just be happy when it's here," Slutes said.