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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.

Aviation Bikeway Bridge Repaired

A plank bridge along the Aviation Bikeway has been repaired with new bridge decking. For several years, bicyclists have advocated for improvements to the wooden bridge near Freedom Park.

Thanks to bridge-specific funding from the Regional Transportation Authority, bicyclists and pedestrians using this popular route will have smoother trips. The Aviation Bikeway is a paved, off-road bike path that runs from Ironhorse Park to the intersection of Escalante and Kolb Roads.

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