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Streetcar 101 takes to the rails

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The Tucson Modern Streetcar took to the rails on Fourth Avenue and University Boulevards Monday night and into Tuesday morning.  It was a welcome sight to Micah Blatt, owner of Mr. Head's Bar and Gallery.

"The construction was a little chaotic, you know, from what we saw, being here and living through it. But, the city's really trying to grow, and I think the way that they are rebuilding things and doing things is great," he said.

But streetcar 101 was pulled by a tow truck.  The electrical system has yet to be tested.

While Monday night was 4th Avenue and University Boulevard, to see if the car lined up with where people board at the stations and how it handled it turns, Tuesday night is expected to be the test for the U of A area and east end of the rails. Downtown and the west end have yet to be scheduled.

"I think for the whole, entire city, it's a major milestone for us to have our first vehicle actually match up with the work that's been done, the construction work that's been done for the last year," said Carlos de Leon, deputy director for the Tucson Department of Transportation.

"There's so many good things that could come from it, so, mostly I'm inspired and I hope for the best. We'll just have to see how it goes," Blatt said.

The electrical system will be tested best when it has at least two cars. The next car is expected to arrive in Tucson in mid-October. The full system with eight cars won't be picking up passengers until next summer.

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