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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -
modern streetcar in Tucson's new Sun Link system was set for testing after
arriving in Tucson early Wednesday morning.
102" came in around 4 a.m.
will do is help test the electrical and other systems along the route as it
runs with "Tucson 101."
it's thoroughly checked out.
car of an eight-car system arrived from Oregon where it was made. One of the
streetcar's first stops was the car wash at the streetcar barn.
will be safety checks on the car itself.
The first car
has been going through testing on the road. It has been
loaded with 100-pound sandbags to simulate passengers.
The car has
been going through high-speed tests. It can hit up
to 45 miles per hour. Those tests
happen at night on a closed course.
We're told so
far so good.
eight streetcars arrive by the end of March, another test period will have six
of them on the street at the same time.
be happening in the spring. That will test the system, make sure that we're
able to maintain the schedules that we think we're setting and also make sure
that we're able to function safely in traffic," Tucson Streetcar
Project Manager Shellie Ginn said.
The plan is to
have the cars ready for passengers next summer.
As the cars
are being tested, final paving striping and signs is underway on the streetcar
drive a car or a bicycle, you'll want to know what they are mean for you.
pavement there are images of a bicyclist with arrows above his head.
road. Follow the arrows.
There also are
green bike boxes at intersections.
some of the safety features the city hopes will help everyone live in
peace, including the streetcar, bicyclists and
"Yeah. I think they're safer because the cars seem
to respect them. I don't know what the green things are, when you get to a stop
light, but the cars really respect those also," says bicyclist Alice
Lockhart of the sharrows.
thing bicyclists have to watch out for is those streetcar tracks.
Lockhart's friend has some tales to tell about that.
"I've fallen several times on the trolley tracks
actually because if you go parallel to them then you end up falling over. So
you have to be really careful like going perpendicular to the trolley
track," says Angela Haddon.
along with green bike boxes and green bike dots are meant to help with all of
"So, the green bike box is positioned at an
intersection so that a bicyclist can actually ride up in the bike lane and then
position themselves ahead of the cars in the bike box. That allows them to be
able to maneuver through the intersection safely when the light turns green.
The bike dots are helping the bikes know how to position their bicycles in the
right way, the right angle to cross the tracks. You don't want to cross the tracks
at a shallow angle that might catch your bike tire," says Tucson Streetcar
Project Manager Ginn.