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NewsNet 10-4-13

STREETCAR MAKES POSITIVE FIRST IMPRESSION - The daylight test of Sun Link's first electric vehicle stopped pedestrians in their tracks on a quiet Thursday morning on Fourth Avenue, with many marveling at its nearly silent operation save for when the driver occasionally used the horn. Streetcar number 101 ran on only a portion of 3.9-mile track, driving back and forth the length of Fourth Avenue and a portion of University Boulevard. Streetcar testing will continue today in the University area between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Story from the Star here. Streetcar photo essay from the Star here. Story from KOLD/KMSB here.

TDOT: SUNGO CARD ISSUES RESOLVED - In a memo to M&C, TDOT Director Daryl Cole is reporting that Sun Tran and its fare payment system vendor, SPX/Genfare, have fully resolved the remaining issues experienced by Sun Tran customers during the implementation phase of the new SunGo card. With a fully functioning smartcard system now on the Sun Tran fleet, Sun Tran staff will be working with Pima County's Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) to expand the SunGo card system to the Sun Shuttle, an RTA service operated by private contractor MV Transportation.

REPORT: 34 MILLION PLASTIC BAGS GIVEN OUT IN 3-MONTH SPAN - Among other requirements, the City's new Plastic Bag Ordinance requires retailers to report data on their use of single-use plastic bags. According to the first report released under the ordinance, about 33.7 million plastic bags were given away at stores tracked within Tucson's city limits. The average number of plastic bags given to customers per transaction was 3.6. From KOLD/KMSB.

MARICOPA COUNTY PUSHING ADAPTIVE REUSE PERMIT TO HELP NEW RESTAURANTS - To help spur economic development, Maricopa County Supervisors last week approved a six-month trial permit for new restaurants to open in buildings not designed for dining. The practice, known as "adaptive reuse," involves restaurants opening in buildings originally built as banks, post offices, homes or other non-dining purposes. During a six-month trial period, restaurants would be subjected to at least two county health inspections. The permit expires after six months, but can transition into a 12-month license if the restaurateur qualifies. From the Phoenix Business Journal.

TOMORROW IN MANSFIELD PARK: MUSIC AND PET FESTIVAL WITH TUCSON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA - Tomorrow from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. in Mansfield Park (2160 N. 6th Ave.), Tucson Symphony Orchestra, the Friends of Mansfield Park and Ward 3 Council Member Karin Uhlich will host a three-hour fair featuring music, food, face painting, roaming magicians and pets. The festivities are free and there is plenty of free parking at the TSC, 2175 N. Sixth Ave., at the park and in the surrounding neighborhood. Highlights include two performances of Pinocchio by the TSO Wind Quintet and a pet show with celebrity judges Council Member Uhlich, Pima County Supervisor Richard Elías and TSO President and CEO Andrew Birgensmith. From the Star. News release from TSO here.