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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Tucson's modern streetcar project has reached another milestone; the first streetcar has arrived this morning.

The $4.5 million, 60 ton streetcar ends its five day journey from the Portland, Oregon ironworks manufacturing plant.  It did make one unexpected stop, Thursday evening the streetcar was stopped in Casa Grande, since the car could not travel during peak traffic hours.

Seven more cars are expected to be delivered, for a total of eight cars for Tucson.   Each streetcar is scheduled to be delivered four weeks apart. 

The first will undergo a series of tests for the next week or two, inside the maintenance and storage facility. 

The plan is to test out the streetcar along the tracks at night, starting the second week of September; with the second car arriving in October.  The earliest the entire system could be running would be early summer 2014. 

How testing works out for the rest of the streetcars will depend on how the first one tests. 

Stay with Tucson News Now this morning, to find out more on the testing.

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