NewsNet 08-26-14

RIDE THE STREETCAR TO UA FOOTBALL GAME FRIDAY - University of Arizona football fans have a new transit option for this season’s UA home football games – the Sun Link Tucson Streetcar. Prior to the season's kickoff against UNLV Friday night, fans can experience the dining, entertainment, and retail opportunities at Main Gate Square, Fourth Avenue, Downtown Tucson, and the Mercado District, and then board the streetcar to the UA from any one of the 23 stops along the 3.9-mile route. Once on campus, Arizona Stadium is a short walk from the Second Street and Highland Avenue stop. Fans can also park in one of the many garages downtown and take the streetcar to the game to avoid UA congestion. Due to federal regulations, Sun Tran will not be running football shuttles this year, but the University of Arizona will offer a Cat Tran shuttle service from the Park Avenue Garage (at Speedway and Park) to Arizona Stadium on game days. The shuttles will drop off fans on 6th Street, immediately south of the stadium, beginning two hours prior to kick-off. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.
City of Tucson Parkwise
UA Parking and Transportation football info
TUCSON STREETCAR COMPLETES FIRST MONTH OF SERVICE - It has been an exciting month since the Sun Link Tucson Streetcar began passenger service. It all began as federal partners gathered to share their excitement about the streetcar. After that, there was the ceremonial ribbon cutting, followed by the welcoming of passengers. If you haven't taken a ride on the streetcar yet, we'll tell you how in the special streetcar review edition of Tucson City News in Review, produced by Tucson 12.
FINAL PHASE OF DOWNTOWN LINKS PROJECT UNDERWAY - Demolition began yesterday on several state-owned warehouses at the intersection of Stone Avenue and Sixth Street in preparation of the third and final phase of the voter-approved Downtown Links roadway project, linking Interstate 10 to Broadway Boulevard. The initial plan for the project was issued decades ago from the Arizona Department of Transportation and encountered opposition at the time from neighbors and businesses, who claimed that it required the demolition of too many buildings. However, with RTA voter-approval and funding, the City of Tucson is managing the project now and has worked closely with a Citizen Advisory Committee to ensure that as few structures as possible are affected. Construction is expected to begin in early 2016 and will include a deck plaza, buffered bike paths, elevated pedestrian walkways, and a new four-lane road. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.
VOTER-APPROVED ROAD REPAIR WORK ON SPEEDWAY - Crews from Southern Arizona Paving and Construction Co., under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), are working to improve the roadway conditions on Speedway Boulevard, from Main Avenue to Second Avenue. Crews are lowering manhole and water valve covers through Friday, from 5 a.m. to 4 p.m. During the utility-lowering phase of the project, at least one lane of travel in each direction will be maintained. Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 2, crews will begin a milling (removing asphalt) and repaving Speedway. The milling and repaving is scheduled to be finished by Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014. Business and residential access will be maintained at all times. The pavement preservation project is part of the $100 million, five-year Road Recovery bond program.
Bond Oversight Commission Annual Report
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