Streetcar modifies service frequency starting Monday

Streetcar modifies service frequency starting Monday

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Sun Link will modify streetcar service frequency starting Monday after an evaluation assessed ridership habits.

Sun Link Director of Marketing Kandi Young said ridership since the streetcar's July debut showed a pattern of peak hours in the evenings on Mondays through Thursdays and on Saturday, and fewer riders boarding the streetcar in the early part of the day when service begins.

Average ridership has been about 4,000 boardings per day, according to Young.

The numbers have exceeded Sun Link's expectations and service frequency will be modified to accommodate ridership demand.

Wait times during the evening and on Saturday will decrease about 5 minutes -- for example, the typical 20 minute wait on a weekday evening will go down to 15 minutes.

Wait times during the start of service during the week and on weekends will decrease. Sunday, which sees the fewest number of riders, will see adjusted service as well.

Riders like Amber Mattausch said she does not mind the 20 to 15 minute wait but wishes a system could show how much wait time there is left.

"That would be convenient, because we don't know when the next one's coming," Mattausch said.

Streetcar hours of operation will not be changed.

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