STREETCAR'S OPENING WEEKEND A HUGE SUCCESS - Approximately 60,000 people rode the Sun Link Tucson Streetcar during its first three days of operation. Free fares, curiosity, fun activities, and merchant specials brought out the riders, who got their first taste of the 3.9 mile route between the University of Arizona, 4th Avenue, Downtown, and the Mercado area just west of Interstate-10. "The Sun Link streetcar system had a great first day of service,” said Sun Link Project Manager Shellie Ginn. “We were able to provide a comfortable, cool ride for thousands of people and the streetcars were consistently overflowing with passengers." More than 400 volunteers helped passengers board and exit the streetcar, answered questions, and handed out free water bottles.
FARE OPTIONS FOR STREETCAR - Today is the first day of fare service on 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 or at regular Sun Tran merchants. Discount fares are available for certain students, low-income residents, seniors and disabled passengers. University of Arizona faculty, staff, and students will be able to ride the streetcar for free for 30 days beginning August 15, if they sign up for a special U-pass. The City of Tucson has a video that tells you everything you need to know about how to ride the streetcar.
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FINAL WEEK OF SUMMER HOURS AT 18 TUCSON POOLS - Wednesday is the last day of summer pools and extended hours at City of Tucson Parks and Recreation facilities, and all 18 pools will be free to use that day. Ten pools will remain open year-round. Tucson Parks and Recreation offers a wide variety of aquatic programming for children and adults all year, including recreational swimming, water fitness classes, arthritis classes, swim and diving lessons, and competitive and synchronized swim leagues. Classes also are offered in lifeguard training and water safety.
SUMMER POOLS MAY BE ENDING, BUT SAFETY TIPS DO NOT - As school begins for most students this week, and summer winds down, it's important to keep drowning prevention tips on your mind. Over the weekend, Tucson Fire Department crews responded to a near-drowning involving an approximately 18-month-old male in an above-ground swimming pool. The child was pulled to safety and had a pulse, so no CPR was required. In the latest edition of "No Bad Days with Barrett," on KGUN9, Tucson Fire Captain Barrett Baker and crew talk about the ABCs of drowning prevention.
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