Newsnet - Sept. 29

STREETCAR RIDERSHIP HIGHER THAN PREDICTED - After two months in operation, the Sun Link Tucson Streetcar is averaging nearly 4,100 riders per day...higher than the original prediction of 3,600 passengers. The streetcar travels a 3.9-mile route through the University of Arizona, Fourth Avenue, Downtown Tucson, and the Mercado District, west of I-10. 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 or at regular Sun Tran merchants. Discount fares are available for certain students, low-income residents, seniors and disabled passengers.
From Arizona Public Media: https://news.azpm.org/p/local-news/2014/9/24/44867-tucson-streetcar-riders-nearly-double-since-opening/
SunGO fares and passes: http://suntran.com/fares_passes.php
Sun Link Tucson Streetcar: http://www.sunlinkstreetcar.com/

OCTOBER MEANS BIG EVENTS AND BIG CHANGES AT TUCSON CONVENTION CENTER - Disney on Ice and comedian Bill Maher have shows next month at the Tucson Convention Center (TCC), as the $8 million upgrade to the arena proceeds. The renovations are on schedule to be completed by the end of the year. Next month also marks the beginning of private management of the TCC, as SMG - a global leader in convention center management - takes over day-to-day operations of the facility. The City's contract with SMG runs through June 30, 2015 and can be renewed one year at a time over the next 10 years.
TCC: http://tucsonconventioncenter.com/
SMG: http://smgworld.com/

TRAFFIC ALERT: FOURTH AVENUE ACCESS TO DOWNTOWN DETOURED ONLY AS-NEEDED TONIGHT AND SATURDAY NIGHT - The City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT) will detour southbound vehicular traffic at the Fourth Avenue Underpass into downtown on an as-needed basis to keep traffic flowing in the area. The Sun Link Streetcar, bicyclists, and pedestrians will not be affected. From this point forward, underpass closures on Friday and Saturday nights will only occur when vehicular traffic into downtown begins to get heavy.
Read the news release: https://www.tucsonaz.gov/files/media-releases/Fourth_Avenue_SB_Detour_Final_Plan.pdf

MUSIC UNDER THE STARS SERIES CONCLUDES AT REID PARK SUNDAY - The Tucson Pops Orchestra's Music Under the Stars program finishes its Sunday night concert series this weekend with Rob Wright, who has played professionally since 1976. One of the premier four-string banjoists in the world, Wright has performed for audiences in all 50 states. His concert begins at 7 p.m. Sunday at the DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center at Reid Park. Organizers urge you to bring folding chairs or a blanket. The Tucson Parks and Recreation Department operates shuttles from 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. from the Randolph Golf Course parking lot, 600 S. Alvernon Way.
Tucson Pops Orchestra: http://www.tucsonpops.org/category/upcoming-concerts/
Tucson Parks and Recreation: https://www.tucsonaz.gov/parks