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Old March 16th, 2010, 06:52 AM   #21
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Tucson is indeed preparing itself for the new line which is good. Lots of facade improvements all throughout downtown. The 4th Ave Underpass was built to accomodate a modern streetcar line (Tucson already has a historic trolley) and construction looks to start later this year.

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The new streetcar was a factor in the announcement of a new 10-story tower for the Marriott University Park, reportedly the most successful hotel in Tucson:



All of the ground-floor retail space has been pre-leased for
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Marriott University Park to add retail, multi-screen theater, up to 132 suites
$35 million building

By Roger Yohem
Inside Tucson Business
March 27, 2010

Despite the economy, the commercial and retail area west of the University of Arizona’s Main Gate is burgeoning and the Marshall Foundation is moving ahead with plans to develop property it owns to add another 132 suites to the Marriott University Park in a complex that will also house a six- to eight-screen movie theater and new retail space. The parcel to be developed is a parking lot immediately east of the existing 250-room, nine-story hotel on the south side Second Street. Officials with the Marshall Foundation say the $35 million venture is economically sound, even in an uncertain economy, because the foundation adheres to the golden rule of real estate: location, location, location. “Obviously, this Marriott is a very successful hotel with great occupancy because of its location next to the university, doing business with the university, and hosting business conferences,” said Jane McCollum, general manager of foundation. “And its location near the modern street car route is another reason for expansion.” J.L. Investments will develop the property with co-owner Tom Warne as the project manager.

Warne said the project is down to a few plan amendments and zoning approvals that are still needed from the City of Tucson. Once those are in place, the final design and construction drawings will be done, financing options explored, and a construction timeline set. He said the new building will be nine or 10 stories high with up to 132 hotel suites, mixed-use retail space on the ground floor, and the theater on the second floor. “We already have leased all the retail. We needed those leases to move forward,” said the Marshall Foundation’s McCollum, although she would not identify the tenants. “We’ve always planned to build a movie theater, that concept has been on the books for about 10 years,” she said. “It will enhance the media arts program at the university, as we are dedicating two screens to the university during the week.” The theater also will create opportunities for hosting film festivals and private screenings.

The existing Marriott hotel has 233 rooms and 17 suites, with just under 12,000 square feet of meeting space. Opened in 1996, it also has a restaurant and fitness center. Mark Van Buren, general manager of the hotel, called the planned expansion a “home run.” “We have such a great location. For many reasons, we already are the most successful hotel in the greater Tucson area,” Van Buren said. “Many of our guests are what we call business transients. They do business with the university, do training and are gone. People don’t realize there is a lot more business activity going on here than in other parts of town.” McCollum believes the larger Marriott University Park and the city’s planned downtown convention hotel will complement each other. The streetcar’s “university-downtown connectivity” will be an economic booster. For example, she said, Marriott guests will be able to ride the streetcar to events downtown. Likewise, downtown hotel guests can easily get to merchants, restaurants and entertainment on Fourth Avenue and University Main Gate areas. “That kind of traffic is great for economic development without the infrastructure issues. They spend their money and leave,” she said.

Both McCollum and Warne praised the “cooperation and unanimous support” the development has received from the West University Neighborhood Association and the city council. She said both groups see the social and economic benefits. In the past two years, Warne said he has appeared before Mayor and Council nine times. He said every meeting “was extremely positive and constructive. They know this project will generate a lot of retail sales taxes and bed taxes.”
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Nighttime streetcar work will close some streets
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May 10, 2010

Construction alert from the Tucson Department of Transportation:

NIGHT WORK – Monday, May 10 through Friday, May 14

Potholing for underground utilities will take place nightly Monday through Friday along Broadway Boulevard in the downtown area. One through lane will be maintained at all times. All work will take place between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m. the following morning:

Monday, May 10
• The right lane of eastbound Broadway Blvd. will be closed between Stone and Church Ave.

Tuesday, May 11
• The right lane of eastbound Broadway Blvd. will be closed between Stone and Church Ave.

• Northbound Scott Ave. will be closed between Jackson and Broadway.

Wednesday, May 12
• The right lane of eastbound Broadway will be closed between Scott and 6th Ave.

Thursday, May 13
• The right lane of eastbound Broadway will be closed between 6th Ave. and Arizona Ave.

Friday, May 14
• The right lane of eastbound Broadway Blvd. between Arizona Ave. and 5th Ave.

This work is in preparation for the Tucson Modern Streetcar Project. Prior to placing rail and constructing streetcar stops, construction crews will be potholing for underground utilities. This is the first in a series of construction alerts that will be issued throughout the pre-construction phase of the Tucson Modern Streetcar Project. These alerts will announce detour and closure information as it affects traffic. Motorists are asked to obey all posted speed limit signs within the construction area and be alert for construction crews and personnel working in the area.

The Modern Streetcar will be a 3.9 mile, high-capacity line connecting The University of Arizona, Arizona Health Sciences Center, University Main Gate Business District, 4th Avenue Business District, Congress Shopping and Entertainment District, Downtown Tucson, and the Downtown redevelopment area west of I-10.
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Groundbreaking for Tuscon Modern Streetcar was in April. Secretary of Transportation Ray Lahood was there.


http://fastlane.dot.gov/2012/04/tucson-streetcar.html


6.3 km
17 stops
opening late 2013

The streetcar is branded Sun Link.


http://fastlane.dot.gov/2012/04/tucson-streetcar.html
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Old May 30th, 2012, 08:18 PM   #25
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Streetcar Update: First 720 feet of track are finished
Submitted by Teya Vitu, Downtown Tucson Partnership writer
Tuesday, May 29th, 2012, 11:54am


New streetcar tracks are in place on 4th Avenue.

Six weeks after Modern Streetcar construction started, the first 720 feet of rail tracks were in place on 4th Avenue.

From here on, track installation should be going on somewhere along Congress Street, 4th Avenue and University Boulevard on a continuing basis, said Jesse Gutierrez, the streetcar project construction manager for the city Transportation Department.

“A month from now, you’ll see a lot more activity,” he said.

By the end of August, the first phase of track installation should be finished with streetcar track in place on Congress Street from Toole to Stone avenues; on 4th Avenue from University Boulevard to 6th Street; and on University Boulevard from 3rd Avenue to Park Avenue.

These are the stretches of Downtown area streets that have been fenced off and torn up since construction started on April 9. They comprise Phase 1 of track and utility work on the 3.9-mile streetcar route. Phase 2 later this year and in 2013 will mostly involve the curved tracks needed on Granada Avenue and for all the intersection turns.

Sidewalks have always been open with easy access to businesses in the construction zones.

The first track went down the week of May 21 with a 720-foot stretch of track now set in concrete on 4th Avenue south of University Boulevard.

“This is what’s called a demonstration track to inspect, verify and make sure we’re OK with the process and materials,” Gutierrez said.

Gutierrez is fond of describing the project at this point in terms of the Theory of Evolution.

“It’s the progress of Darwin’s theory,” Gutierrez said while driving through the 4th Avenue construction zone. “You have fish growing legs becoming reptiles and then you get to a man who can walk.”

He applied the evolutionary theory to the 4th Avenue zone, where the last piece of street asphalt was removed in the days before Memorial Day at 6th Street, while two blocks north track was ready for streetcar service.

The same evolution applies to the other Phase 1 construction zones on Congress Street and University Boulevard.

Congress Street is in the finishing phases of installing new water and sewer lines from Stone to 6th Avenue, while water line work has not yet started between 5th and 6th avenue.

The work started April 9 with the removal of 3˝ inches of street surface asphalt from 2005 and a 12-inch concrete road base, probably from the 1960s. That left a dirt surface reminiscent of Congress Street 100 years ago.

“You know, you start on the bottom and go to the top,” Gutierrez said. “Sewer, water, roadway grading, pole foundations, track, aggregate base core, asphalt.”

So far, the Congress Street work has mostly involved replacing an aging water main with a new 12-inch water line running 5˝ feet below the surface. 8-inch water lines lead to each of the businesses.

The Stone to 6th Avenue water line went in May 7 to 19. New sewer lines also were installed.

The real action has been at Congress Street and Scott Avenue. What do you do with water and sewer lines crossing each other and going off in four different directions?

The water lines drop from 5˝ feet to 14 feet below the surface to yield to the sewer lines at the intersection and then returns to 5˝ feet. Sewer is gravity fed while water is pressure fed and can be more easily manipulated, Gutierrez said.

The Congress/Scott work also involved linking the 8-inch Scott Avenue water line to the 12-inch line on Congress.

In June, Congress/Scott will see electrical conduit work for new traffic signals and also for the streetcar power poles.

Once the water line work is done between Stone and 6th, work will move one block east for new water line installation between 5th and 6th Avenues, in front of the One North Fifth Apartments and HUB Restaurant & Ice Creamery/Playground Lounge.

Storm drainage work and a new sewer manhole cover have already been done on that stretch of Congress between 5th and 6th.

University of Arizona class schedules dictated when streetcar work started in the Main Gate Square area of University Boulevard. Between 3rd Avenue and Euclid Avenue, University was shut down April 30 with the Euclid to Park Avenue work starting May 15 “right after school was out,” Gutierrez said.

“We did all the sewer line (on University),” he said. “Now we are starting the water line.”

The 8˝-inch sewer line was buried 8 to 10 feet down, while the 8˝-inch water line will be 5 feet down.

The most out-of-sight, out-of-mind part of the project is the Luis G. Gutierrez Bridge – the bridge carrying Cushing Street across the Santa Cruz River. It should be finished by July 7 and open to pedestrians and bicyclists some time later in July. But the bridge will not open for motorized vehicle traffic until streetcar tracks are installed, likely in December and January.
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Good progress it looks like...
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Paving on 4th Avenue in Tucson







source: http://www.facebook.com/TucsonStreet...8650135&type=1
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Streetcar stops

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Stop structure on Granada Avenue and Cushing Street.
https://www.facebook.com/TucsonStreetcar


Crews today (13 May 2013) began installing the final pieces of rail along Broadway in between Granada and Church Avenues
https://www.facebook.com/TucsonStreetcar
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Photo update. All photos taken from the facebook page.



























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Bike lane/box at Broadway Boulevard.

Photos from Tucson Velo.
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I can understand why they put these signs there but I can't help myself finding them very entertaining. In Vienna you have streetcar tracks on every second corner but I have never seen a similar sign before, not for pedestrians either.

I like that project of the Tucson streetcar however. From a first sight it really seems to make sense - a lot more than the heritage tram. I think it sticks out from some other streetcar projects in the US by not being some useless one directional loop but a real corridor connecting real destinations - both ways.
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I hope the frequency will be high so it doesn't just become more of a tourist train than real transit.
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Tucson's first streetcar rolling in from Portland

Posted: Aug 26, 2013 8:06 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 26, 2013 9:44 PM EDT
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Tucson's modern streetcar project has reached another milestone.

The $4.5 million dollar, 60 ton streetcar has been loaded on a flat bed truck at the Oregon Ironworks manufacturing plant for its five day journey to Tucson.

It takes five days because there will be inspections and paperwork hurdles it will meet as it passes through several states.

Then the car arrives in Tucson, for some it's the end of a ten year journey from conception to reality.

"It seems like forever," says Shellie Ginn, the project manager for the streetcar.

Even though the car will arrive in Tucson, it won't be out on the tracks immediately.

"I need a second car that won't be released to us until October, "says Andrew H. Quigley, who has overseen the project for the city manager's office. "That's when we're really going to be able to test the car over the newly constructed rail line."

All eight cars must be delivered, tested and approved before the system can begin operating and collecting fares.

The cars will be delivered about four weeks apart making the earliest the system can be up and running late Spring or early Summer.

The project is about six months behind but part of that is because the contract calls for an all American streetcar. Oregon Ironworks hasn't produced a streetcar for American use for 62 years.

Next up, is a safety program for the Tucson residents and motorists.

"People need to know it's there," Quigley says.

Pedestrians, motorists and bicyclists will have to be aware of the 60 ton train on the track.

The city has rolled out a safety program designed to do just that.






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That sure looks like a Škoda tram. We have very similar ones here in Olomouc, Czech Republic (as have most Czech tram operators):



Has the Oregon Inronworks bought a license to make them, or is it just coincidence that they look alike?
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Yes, of course, it's licensed from the Czechs - they didn't just steal the design. Last time I checked Oregon was not a part of the People's Republic of China.
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