Parked vehicles downtown pose potential problem for streetcar - Tucson News Now

Parked vehicles downtown pose potential problem for streetcar

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

City of Tucson officials are researching solutions to potential streetcar vs. parked car issues.

The Department of Transportation, Sun Link, Tucson Police, and ParkWise all met Monday in response to last week's incident. A streetcar going through testing near 6th Ave and Congress held up traffic, because it couldn't pass a parked SUV safely. City officials said the SUV was not parked within the designated parking lines. It was not towed.

During the meeting, the groups discussed possible solutions which include removing parking spaces, adding signage, re-labeling some spaces for 'compact cars only,' and looking at other towing companies for faster response times.

No final decisions have been made.

According to Carlos de Leon, the deputy director for the City of Tucson's Department of Transportation, the group has not set a second meeting date to discuss the research currently being done.

De Leon estimates it could be about two weeks before a plan is released and a month or so before the changes could go into effect. He also expects to hear from the city's legal team about the clarification of towing procedures if a parked car blocks a streetcar.

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