In General
Getting Here
Station by Station


In General

Location / Name:
Tucson AZ

What's Here:
the Sunlink Streetcar System
Southern Arizona Transportation Museum

GPS Coordinates: as needed
Phone A/C: 520
ZIP: 85701

Access by train/transit:
Amtrak via the Plaza Centro Station

The Scoop:

Sun Link's 3.9 mile route connects you to five of Tucson's most unique districts: the University of Arizona, Fourth Avenue, Main Gate Square, Downtown Tucson, and the Mercado District in central Tucson. The four-mile route has 18 stops adorned with public art and located within walking distance of more than 11,000 parking spaces. This project is part of Tucson’s regional plan for a multi-modal transportation system that offers bike lanes and paths, new sidewalks and greenways, and added transit service. More than 100,000 people live and work within a block of the Tucson Streetcar line.

Cash is not accepted on the streetcar.  One-way full fare is $1.50.  One-way economy fare is $.50.  Children 5 years old and younger ride for free with a paying adult.

Hours of Operation:
     Monday - Wednesday: 7 am - 6 pm every 10 minutes; 6 pm - 10 pm* every 20 minutes.
     Thursday - Friday: 7 am - 6 pm every 10 minutes; 6 pm - 10 pm every 20 minutes; 10 pm - 2 am* every 30 minutes.
     Saturday: 8 am - 10 pm every 20 minutes; 10 pm - 2 am* every 30 minutes.
     Sunday: 8 am - 8 pm* every 20 minutes.
     *Start time for last trip of the day.

Construction began in April 2012 and continued through summer 2013.  It opened for revenue service on July 25, 2014.  The streetcar system has 21 stops, and shares a common payment system with the Sun Tran regional bus service.

Sun Link maintains a fleet of eight United Streetcar 200s, operating up to six cars at one time.  The streetcar is 66 feet long, double-ended (bi-directional), and articulated into three sections.  Its center section floor is at platform height for accessibility with two double-door entrances on each side.  Each side has a third passenger door located behind the operator cab.  Propulsion is provided by four 90-kW motors drawing power via pantograph from an overhead wire.  The streetcar has a maximum speed of 43.5 mph (70 km/h) and a capacity of 156 passengers (29 seated and 127 standing).  The United 200 is largely identical to the 100 model produced for systems in Portland and Washington, D.C., the only major difference being that the 200 is equipped with upgraded air-conditioning.  The design of the 100 model itself is based on the Czech-made Škoda 10 T.

On another trolley related note, the Old Pueblo Trolley sits inside the shop service track, right off of 4th Ave at 8th Street. 
It doesn't look like they have a connecting track, yet... see pix below.

Although it serves the Amtrak station because it is on the route, more or less, the streetcar system system does not go south to the Tucson International Airport, or to other tourist oriented places like the Pima Air and Space Museum.

Denver Todd

Websites and other additional information sources of interest for the area:

Getting Here

Getting to downtown Tucson is relatively easy via I-10 and exit 258, which dumps you off on Congress St, a few blocks east of the Ave del Convento station,
or you can travel east and hit the Congress St and Broadway Blvd stations for starters.


I have looked all over for a map of the system that contains the stations.... nada.... even on Sun Link's own website.... so....

A smaller resolution copy of the map above is here:

And, finally, the map in PDF format is here

Station by Station

Ave del Convento / Congress St

Cushing St / Convento

Cushing St

Granada / Cushing

Broadway / Granada

Congress / Granada

Broadway / Church

Congress / Church

Broadway / Stone

Congress / Stone

Broadway / 6th

About a block further down the street is this sign for the Amtrak Station, you can just barely see it in the photo above:

Congress / 6th

Plaza Centro

Notice, in true European fashion, the building owners have allowed SunLink to attach trolley wire supports on the buildings.

A train approaches the Plaza Centro station.

The intersection just north of Plaza Centro, where the two lines get ready to go under the railroad tracks.

Going Under Under Amtrak

4th Ave / 9th St

the Shops

They followed the KISS principle... Good For Them!  Sure beats the heck out of what they did and spent in DC!  Eh?  There is only one track leading in and out of the facility, and everything goes south from here, although they can go onto either "side" of the system.

With only six cars, I guess they can keep four of them inside the shops at any one time, and the other two can sit outside under the shed.

4th Ave / 7th St

A train approaching the 4th Ave and 7th St station.

4th Ave / 5th St

University / 3rd

University / Tyndall

2nd St / Olive Ave

Train leaving the 2nd and Olive station, headed towards 2nd and Highland.

2nd St / Highland Ave

2nd St / Cherry

Under Speedway

Helen / Warren


The system is noticeably devoid of any streetcar specific signals..... Except for one place.....

On Warren Ave, by 2nd St where the tracks go to one track for the run into Helen and Warren, there is a bar signal, probably to let the operator know whether or not he can proceed to the last station.  However, by the time he sees the signal, he is already on single track, and would have to back-up if a train was coming out of Helen/Warren.

If anyone knows how the signal operates and what it tells the operator, an email would be appreciated.



Power feed at 4th/9th

Junction at Broadway and 5th

This is one of the few junctions on the streetcar system.  Notice they use plain "streetcar" type overhead wire as opposed to the more complicated types used by most systems that use a pantograph.

Junction at Congress and 5th

Crossing at Cushing and Linda

Warren Ave Interlocking


the Old Pueblo Trolley

GPS Coordinates: 32.224918, -110.966173 (8th St)
GPS Coordinates: 32.192747, -110.965711 (36th St)

This is a museum, associated with the Southern AZ Transportation Museum.  It had been operating a line starting in 1993, but because of the SunLink streetcar construction, the tracks into their lot have been severed.  At this point, I guess it will be that way for an indeterminate amount of time.

These pictures below are of their 4th Ave/8th St facility.

The pictures below are of their S 4th Ave and 36th St facility, which was dedicated in 2016.

Suntran Busses

Fire Equipment

Other Stuff

Down by 4th Ave and 9th St...... a fancy Goodwill, and something from Easter Island!.....

  Nice traffic light supports!

Along Broadway Blvd, near Pennington St


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