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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - On Monday, for the first time, riders of Tucson's streetcar had to pay to ride.

Over the weekend, 60,000 people rode the streetcar for free, according to the city's estimates.

"It was better than I expected and I expected a lot," says Shellie Ginn, the streetcar project manager. "It shows there is a lot of interest in the streetcar."

Just how long that interest can be sustained will be a measure of success or failure for the project.

But it won't just be rider ship which will be the determining factor.

Economic development plays a big part too.

As of now, the estimates are than a billion dollars in economic development and stimulus have flowed into downtown, mostly as a result of streetcar construction.

If that continues Tucson will look for other corridors to expand the streetcar.

"We want to see continued economic development around the street car line," Ginn says.

On the first day to pay, some cars were standing room only while others contained only a handful of people.

It also depended on the time of day.

In the morning commute, some cars contained only a person or two but as the day wore on more people climbed on board.

There were a few delays during the day as passengers tried to figure out the kiosks and how to buy tickets.

"It's a learning curve," Ginn says. "Once they figure it out, those delays will disappear."

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