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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

An effort is in place to help local businesses that are feeling a one-two punch.

Street-car construction has hurt them and summer is slowing them down again. Now, help is on the way in the form of a discount card.

It's called the Connect in the City card and it can be bought for $5 at 110 Tucson-area businesses.

That includes retailers across four downtown-area districts, from Mercado San Agustin, just west of Interstate 10 and Congress, to downtown to Maingate Square, all the way up to the merchants on North Fourth Avenue.

This is the first time businesses from all four districts have come together and come up with a campaign that truly helps everyone.

As we all know, summer can be extremely slow for Tucson businesses.

The idea is to give customers some incentive to visit these restaurants, stores and watering holes, in addition to introducing them to the connectivity of the Modern Streetcar.

The streetcar officially opens to the public the weekend of July 25.

What better way to celebrate Tucson's newest transportation alternative than to save some money and visit some new businesses in the process?

"Here especially, it's a big deal because we have this community behind us as well as Menlo Park," says Jacqueline Brackeen, manager of Stella Java coffee shop inside Mercado San Agustin.

"We're close to downtown, but it's hard to find parking or you have to pay for the parking garage. So you can park here.  You can grab a breakfast burrito at Seis, (also located at Mercado San Agustin) a coffee here, ride the trolley to downtown...so it really works for everybody I think," Brackeen says.

"I'm proud of how the merchants got together on this program," says John Jacobs, chair of the Downtown Merchants' Association and owner of Maker House at 283 North Stone Avenue.

"For the first time, we got together as four districts along a unified streetcar line and did something we've all kind of wanted to do.  I really think we're at a point of Tucson's lifecycle where there's energy and excitement and there's some new blood down here -- and we're really excited about that," Jacobs says.

Connect in the City discount cards are available at 110 Tucson-area businesses and are valid through June, July and August.

Even better, there's no limit on the number of times the card can be used all summer long.

For a complete list of participating businesses visit www.tucsonsummer.com  Here, you can also purchase a card for an additional $2.

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