Vendors hope streetcar shuttles more business to Second Saturday - Tucson News Now

Vendors hope streetcar shuttles more business to Second Saturdays

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

In its third weekend of operation, the Sun Link Streetcar rolled through the Second Saturday street festival in downtown Tucson.

David Zinke, whose fudge tent has been on Congress Street for most of the Second Saturday events, said the he made it through the construction phase for the streetcar track and now he's hopeful the line will carry new customers to the area.

“To come downtown using the streetcar is a great idea,” said the founder of Zink's Treats. “I hope thousands of people take advantage of it.”

Briana Scott piled into a packed streetcar Saturday afternoon to make her way downtown. She said she'll consider the streetcar for her next trip to the street fair.

“It was actually really nice,” she said. “It was a lot nicer than driving and trying to find parking down here.”

Ginger Ferguson's Year of the Cat stand is fairly new to the Second Saturday scene, but she said she can already see the benefit of the streetcar shuttling in crowds from stops a little farther from the downtown hubbub.

“Anybody who's kind of reluctant to drive downtown can take the streetcar in and visit,” said Ferguson.

Like Ferguson, Ken Dungey said he's hopeful that the streetcar will be good for the street festival and all the vendors who set up shop each month.

“I think as soon as everybody catches on, it's going to bring a ton of business to downtown Tucson,” said Dungey, owner of Bella's Gelato Shoppe.

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