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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -  There are more than 11,000 parking spaces along the Sun Link corridor and after 5 p.m. Friday, on-the-street meters will be free.  

Visitors downtown will want to pay special attention to where and how they park, because it could cost them.  Back in February one driver found this out the hard way.  The SUV was not parked within the the designated box and blocked the streetcar during its testing.  Traffic was held up for almost an hour and the driver received a $188 ticket.  

The priority for officials during the streetcar celebration will be to find the owner and ask them to move and if they cannot do that the vehicle will be towed instead. 

"We'll probably be looking at towing, so I really encourage the public to make sure if they do park on a street that has a rail," said Shellie Ginn, Sun Link Project Manager. "To park within those solid white lines and make sure their entire vehicle is parked in there so they don't get the chance of getting a ticket or possibly being towed." 

The big question by many is where can they park?  There will be a special flat $3 rate at the Mercado lot, enter off Linda Avenue.  There are also parking garages and beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday, on the street meters will be free for the weekend.  Some merchants are also offering parking validations so be sure to check and pay close attention to the street signs, police and Park Wise could cite drivers for violations. 
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