the Sunlink Streetcar System
Southern Arizona Transportation Museum
GPS Coordinates: as needed
Phone A/C: 520
Access by train/transit:
Amtrak via the Plaza Centro Station
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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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