Modern streetcar maintenance shop to be complete soon

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - If your car breaks down, for most people they head for the automotive shop.

But the more than 51,000 square foot building at the corner of 5th and 8th is the maintenance shop for the modern streetcar.

Workers are still putting the finishing touches on the maintenance and storage facility, but they're hoping to have everything done by mid-July.

Inside are three maintenance bays for the cars, which can hold up to four cars at a time.

The building will allows crews to perform many different repairs to the cars, from the AC units to the mechanical parts underneath the car.

"We have a train wash outside in the yard; it's a high pressure wash.

It's not real huge. It's very complex, it's got a lot of systems that are unusual for a building," said Bruce Woodruff, a City of Tucson architect.

This is a very environmentally friendly facility; it has LED lights outside and the hot water is solar-powered.

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