Sun Link streetcar celebrates 2 years, offering free rides

Sun Link streetcar celebrates 2 years, offering free rides

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The Sun Link streetcar is celebrating its two-year anniversary this weekend with free rides Saturday, July 23.

The routes run for about four miles to some of the most unique areas Tucson has to offer.

Since it launched two years ago, more than 2 million people have ridden the Sun Link streetcar.

The cars are all electric, which helps to reduce pollution and greenhouse emissions.

But it's the businesses located downtown and along Fourth Avenue that are really riding the perks, the streetcar continues to bring more foot traffic to those areas.

All rides Saturday are free to the public, thanks to Tucson Electric Power, Fourth Avenue Merchants Association and Main Gate Square.

Shops and restaurants along the route are also offering different deals throughout the weekend.

Check it out:

A concert on one of the cars will round out the evening tomorrow in the Mercado district downtown.

Officials with the city of Tucson's transportation department said the streetcar is just one part of revitalizing the area.

"We've connected a lot of the districts that before, were a little more difficult to access because we had railroad tracks or I-10 in the way," said Shelly Gin, the Planning Administrator for Tucson Department of Transportation. "You're starting to see cranes in the sky again, another phase of construction is happening, a lot of things being planned down here. It's a very exciting time for Tucson and we're very excited to be a part of that."

Officials are now exploring different ways to expand routes in different directions.

If you've never had a chance to ride on one of these street cars - crews will be on hand to help.

There's also a mobile app for routes and tickets:

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