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Old August 29th, 2013, 10:51 PM   #41
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I have a hunch it would have been cheaper buying the trams directly from Škoda (or Inekon, which makes practically identical trams) instead of building them on license (production tends to be cheap here, partially due to low salaries; but with these trams it would also be cheaper since all the tools already exist and the production line is already up and running). But I guess there were political demands for having them produced in the US?
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Old October 5th, 2013, 01:19 AM   #42
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Old October 5th, 2013, 03:11 AM   #43
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have a hunch it would have been cheaper buying the trams directly from Škoda (or Inekon, which makes practically identical trams) instead of building them on license (production tends to be cheap here, partially due to low salaries; but with these trams it would also be cheaper since all the tools already exist and the production line is already up and running). But I guess there were political demands for having them produced in the US?
Yes, the trams are a licensed Czech design. The problem is there was zero domestic production of trams* anymore, so when Portland and Tacoma needed them circa 2000 they basically had to partner with a small company called Oregon Iron Works to make them using this design.

There is law called the Buy America act which forces publicly funded mass transit projects to use rolling stock manufactured at least partly in the US. It can be problematic.

*There is a permanent Siemens LRV factory in Sacramento, California also
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Old October 8th, 2013, 07:46 PM   #44
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Old November 25th, 2013, 01:22 AM   #45
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Old April 6th, 2014, 05:49 PM   #46
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It seems to be quite noisy compared to European models?
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Old April 7th, 2014, 11:45 PM   #47
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Yes it seems so. What is the reason for it? It sounds like it has something to do with electric transformers or so.
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Old April 9th, 2014, 06:14 PM   #48
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I think it's the electric motors.
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Start of service is tentantively scheduled for 07.25.2014

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Old April 15th, 2014, 07:31 PM   #50
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They say 100.000 people live within one block of the line, is that true?
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Yes it seems so. What is the reason for it? It sounds like it has something to do with electric transformers or so.
Or maybe camera have one gd good microphone.
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Old April 17th, 2014, 12:41 AM   #52
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They say 100.000 people live within one block of the line, is that true?
As nice as that would be, I seriously doubt this true.
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Old June 16th, 2014, 08:28 PM   #53
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Streetcar nearing final testing before July 25 launch
June 02, 2014, 12:00 am

It’s been a long road for Tucson’s modern streetcar, but transportation officials can probably see the light at the end of the tracks.

The last Sun Link vehicle arrived more than a week ago and will undergo the same equipment and system testing as the previous cars, including a high-speed test Wednesday on University Boulevard to check the braking systems.

Streetcar officials will gather information from the tests before taking the car through a “burn-in” process, where it will have to travel about 248 miles up and down the tracks, without any major issues.

Then it will have to run another 62 miles without any issues at all, said Sun Link Operations Manager Cleve Cleveland.

After that process is completed, the vehicle will eventually join the other streetcars as workers look to fix any other bugs before service launches July 25.

Streetcar operators are also running the vehicles constantly to see if the cars maintain a 10-minute schedule like officials hope, Cleveland said.

“We are trying to confirm we can indeed make the 10-minute headway,” he said.

In addition, 11 of the 17 streetcar operators are fully certified while the rest are in the final phase of their training.

And if anyone has walked past one of the streetcar stops lately, they might notice the vending machines that will dispense tickets to future riders, which were all installed May 13, he said.

There are only a few other major tests left along the route, including testing communication systems, traffic signals, especially at Fifth Avenue and East Broadway, as well as moving signage.

There will likely be more questions, answers and quirks to fix once service starts late next month.

But, until then, the preparation continues
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Looking good Tucson! I lived there for 4 years when I went to school there.
I miss Tucson so much! Go Wildcats!
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Well, folks, congratulations on new streetcar in Tucson, taken from SunLink's Facebook page:

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As nice as that would be, I seriously doubt this true.
If you expanded the definition of "one block" to be a quarter mile walk shed and "live" to include workers, I bet you could get up to 50,000 people easily though.

The University of Arizona campus alone has a lot of people
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As nice as that would be, I seriously doubt this true.
If you expanded the definition of "one block" to be a quarter mile walk shed and "live" to include workers, I bet you could get up to 50,000 people easily though.

The University of Arizona campus alone has a lot of people
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It seems to be quite noisy compared to European models?
That is really strange. I live in Portland and have been on and around the new streetcars (same company here built ours, Tucson's and DC's model) and they absolutely do not sound like that. It sounded as if the brakes were squealing. Very strange, hope they get that figured out ASAP!
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