NewsNet 07-30-14

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION: 'TUCSON'S SUN LINK ONE MORE REASON TO GROW AMERICA' - Fast Lane, the official blog of the U.S. Department of Transportation, says, "Sun Link is a good example of modern streetcar services that are bringing a new transportation option to communities across the country – or in some cases, bringing back an old one." The blog mentions that nearly 100,000 people live and work within a quarter-mile of the 3.9-mile Sun Link route. That’s helped attract more than $800 million in public and private investment along the corridor since the service was announced, including housing, restaurants, offices, and retail. The American-made streetcar investment in Arizona – funded in part by a grant from DOT's TIGER program – is also supporting jobs for families in Portland, Oregon, where the modern streetcars are manufactured.
 
AZ CHAPTER OF AMERICAN PUBLIC WORKS ASSOCIATION (APWA) NAMES TUCSON STREETCAR 'PROJECT OF THE YEAR '- The Arizona APWA named the Sun Link Tucson Streetcar the Public Works Project of the Year at its annual conference in Tucson yesterday. The $196 million project, co-managed by the City of Tucson and the Regional Transportation Authority, launched service last Friday with more than 60,000 people riding the streetcar during three days of free rides. The Arizona Chapter of the APWA cited key successes of the streetcar project, including a high level of cooperation among all partners, the creation of more than 500 construction-related jobs, more than $800 million in public and private investment along the route, installation of $19 million in needed infrastructure improvements, extensive outreach to the public and businesses along the route, emphasis on American jobs and materials for the project, and collaboration among various populations and neighborhoods along the streetcar route. The project was recognized for the same honor in April by the Southern Arizona APWA Branch. The streetcar project is considered to be Tucson’s largest and most-complex transportation construction project in city history.
 
D-M HONORS TWO TUCSONANS FOR THEIR SUPPORT - Ward 4 Tucson City Council Member Shirley Scott and Mike Grassinger recently were each given the honorary title of "Community Wingman" at a recent ceremony at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. Council Member Scott is a longtime supporter of D-M, which is in Ward 4, and Grassinger is Principle of AZ Planning Center and a former president of DM-50, a nonprofit volunteer service organization that supports and funds initiatives to improve the quality of life for D-M's airmen. The Davis-Monthan Community Wingman program recognizes Tucson community leaders who have given support to many D-M missions.
 
MOVIES IN THE PARK SERIES CONTINUES AT REID PARK - Looking for some family-friendly entertainment on Friday nights over the summer? Movies in the Park, a Tucson summer staple since 2003, returns Friday at Reid Park with a free showing of "Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader." Residents are invited to bring blankets and chairs to enjoy a free movie every other Friday at the DeMeester Performing Arts Pavilion, 900 S. Randolph Way. The events begin at 5:30 p.m. with live music, jumping castles, balloon animals, and arts and crafts exhibits from nonprofits. Popcorn, soda, and food truck vendors will be available for an additional charge. The Movies in the Park program is hosted by Cox Communications and the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance. Read more from Tucson News Now.
FIND A BARGAIN AT CITY SURPLUS - Need an Amazon Kindle? Maybe an iPod better fits your entertainment needs? How about a laptop, or a steam cleaner? You can find these items and more on the City of Tucson's surplus auction website.