First streetcar arrives in the Old Pueblo

Justin Schecker

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First streetcar arrives in the Old Pueblo

CREATED Aug. 30, 2013

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - After months of construction and anticipation, the first Sun Link streetcar arrived in downtown Tucson Friday morning. 

A special flatbed trailer transported the 70 foot streetcar over the past five days from Portland where it was built to the Old Pueblo.

The streetcar turned onto 8th St. downtown just after 4 a.m. Friday and then crews unloaded it onto the rail. 

After an hour of unloading, a tow truck pulled the streetcar along the rail into the Sun Link storage facility at the corner of 5th Ave. and 8th street.

Business owners along 4th Ave. who endured the year and a half of construction say now they can see the light at the end of the tunnel.            

"I think once we see the first car its going to be exciting," Brooklyn Pizza and SkyBar owner Tony Vaccaro said. "we've been patient through the construction so I assume we'll all be patient through the testing process and obviously its important they get these street cars to be running properly." 

From now on, another street car will arrive from Portland every 4 to 6 weeks, city spokesman Michael Graham tells 9 On Your Side.

Overnight testing on the first car that arrived Friday will begin in the next week, Graham said.

The goal is to have the entire system operational for revenue service by summer 2014.