Crowds continue to fill up Sun Link Streetcar for second day in a row

Crowds continue to fill up Sun Link Streetcar for second day in a row

The city of Tucson recorded more than 17,000 riders on the Sun Link Streetcar for its first official day of operation and the crowds continued to line up for the streetcar's second day.

Passengers are enjoying the free pass this weekend, but will they return for a full-price ride?

Randy Camacho and his family took their first ride Saturday afternoon. He said they'll be sure to ride it again after the excitement dies down.

"It's awfully packed now but we'll definitely be back," he said.

So will Mary Martha Miles. She said she expects the streetcar to attract more people to the growing downtown area, and saving those new visitors from finding a park spot.

"To not to have to drive and try to find a park place downtown would be wonderful," she said.

Mixed reviews from first-time riders

A slight slowdown Saturday afternoon just before the stop at Congress and 6th left first-time riders with mixed feelings.

Ryan Nastase said the 20-25 minute wait to get off the streetcar left him feeling like he wouldn't return unless it's improved.

"They had years to set up for the first event, so you'd think that they'd have it a little better under wraps," said Nastase.

Bayani Birkinbine, who hopped off the same streetcar, said small hiccups are to be expected for a new system. Saturday's ride won't keep him from coming back to the streetcar stops around Tucson.

"We got stuck in a train there for a little bit," he said. "It's a little inconvenience but at the same time you're in air conditioning people watching. If you're not claustrophobic, it's not a big deal, it's kind of cool."

Sunday will be the last free rides for the Sun Link Streetcar.

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