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Murals on Waste Containers to be Unveiled this Week

Starting Friday, the City of Tucson Environmental Services (ES) department will unveil and begin delivery of five metal waste collection containers painted with murals as part of an effort to reduce graffiti. ES contracted with the Tucson Arts Brigade to coordinate the project. Additional funding was provided by the Graffiti Resource Council in Washington, D.C.

Sixth Avenue Closed North of Downtown

Sixth Avenue from Sixth Street to Seventh Street will be closed to motor vehicle traffic until further notice to allow work crews to pump out storm water from a utility trench just north of Seventh Street. Northbound traffic from the Sixth Avenue underpass is being diverted to eastbound and westbound Seventh Street. Southbound travel on Sixth Avenue from Sixth Street is prohibited. 

Pedestrian access on Sixth Avenue is not affected by the closure. Businesses adjacent to Sixth Avenue are open with parking available on Seventh Street. 

Tucson Firefighters Enter Battle of the Bands (Video)

Monday is the last day to vote for the four current and retired firefighters from the Tucson Fire Department (TFD) who hope to compete against other firefighters across the country for an opportunity to perform at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis during the Fire Department Instructor Conference in April.

Known as The Turnouts, the TFD band is encouraging people to watch its video (below) and cast a vote online.

Free Gem Show Shuttles Available Again This Year

For the fifth consecutive year, the City of Tucson is providing a free shuttle service for visitors to the Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase. The GemRide shuttle system connects 41 shows from 33 stops on four connected routes. GemRide service runs daily, Jan. 30-Feb. 14, from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. (limited service this Friday only). Service times vary depending on shuttle route.

Fare Options for Streetcar

If you're visiting Tucson for the gem show, the Sun Link streetcar is a good way to get around downtown, and there are many fare options available to ride the streetcar. Cash is not accepted on the car, but you can use it at machines at the stops to buy a $4 one-day pass. In addition, you can buy SunGO passes online and at regular Sun Tran merchants or use the Go Tucson app to pay your fare.

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