Category Archives: Transportation

Democrats need to start laying the Progressive Foundation for 2020 now.

As other pundits in the national and local media have pointed out, It will be tempting these next several months to focus on the Popular Vote Loser’s (Presidents) tweets, outrageous comments and behavior, and potentially criminal acts that will be adjudicated in the courts.

Now that they will be in control of the House of Representatives, Democrats do have a responsibility to provide oversight of the Executive Branches actions that the Trump (Republican) Party failed to undertake. That is only right and proper.

Democrats and Progressives, in the federal government and in the state government offices they triumphed in, should also take this as an opportunity to advance progressive policies (both incremental and ambitious) that will further attract supporters in the rural, urban, and suburban parts of the country.  They should attempt to create bipartisan consensus with the Trump Party but be prepared to fight for and campaign on what the Trumpists obstruct in the Senate and the Oval Office.

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Ride Sun Link streetcar free on Nov. 10 and 11 weekend

RIDE SUN LINK FOR FREE ALL WEEKEND, NOVEMBER 10 – 11TH
Free Rides Sponsored by DUSK Music Festival, Holualoa Companies and Herbert Residential

“Streetcar passengers can ride Sun Link for free all weekend on Saturday, November 10th and Sunday, November 11th, sponsored by the DUSK Music Festival,  Holualoa Companies andHerbert Residential.
The DUSK Music Festival is an annual music and arts festival in Tucson. This year, DUSK Music Festival will be held at Armory Park in Downtown Tucson on November 10-11th.

Holualoa Companies is a real estate investment firm with multiple properties in the downtown area. One of the propertiesvdowntown is Herbert Residential. Herbert Residential is a 144-unit contemporary residential-rental
community featuring renovated interiors, unparalleled views, and a location that’s steps away from the Sun Link streetcar and other downtown amenities.”

https://suntran.com/PDF/news/18_Oct_17_FreeRideWeekend.pdf

Carolyn’s note:  Nov. 11 is also the date for 2nd Saturdays Downtown, so this will be great for those attendees as well. It was standing room only when Sun Link was free on October 13 for Tucson Meet Yourself, 2nd Saturday Downtown, Tenwest, etc.

Here’s the Sun Link schedule: http://www.sunlinkstreetcar.com/schedule-and-fares

Ride Transit free on Election Day in Tucson

CITY OFFERS FREE RIDES ON ELECTION DAY

Free Transit Fares on November 6th on Sun Tran, Sun Link and Sun Van

The City of Tucson will offer free transit fares all day on Tuesday, November 6th, to make it easier for citizens to vote on Election Day.

“We want to make it as easy as possible for voters to get to the polls,” said Mayor Jonathan Rothschild. “The right to vote is so important, and we want to ensure that everyone who’s eligible to vote has the opportunity to vote.”

Everyone is welcome to ride Sun Tran, Sun Express, and the Sun Link streetcar for free.  For Sun Van paratransit passengers, rides will also be free.  Sun Shuttle and Sun Shuttle Dial-a-Ride are not participating in the Free-Ride Day, so those riders will pay the regular fare.

“Sun Tran’s comprehensive network of bus routes provides Tucson with a vital resource for citizens’ ability to exercise their right to vote,” said Sun Tran General Manager Steve Spade. “The service will help more people be able to have their voice heard.”

To find their polling place, registered voters can visit the Pima County Elections Department website.  The polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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What Kind of Arizona and America do you want to live in?

David Brooks

David Brooks asks, “Are the behavior and actions of the President and the Republicans what you want to see in your public servants?”

During the Shields and Brooks segment of the PBS Newshour on October 19, 2018, David Brooks, the center-right commentator from the New York Times rightly suggested that a closing argument for the Democrats should be “Are the behavior and actions of the President and the Republicans what you want to see in your public servants? Is their belief in what America should be your beliefs in what America should be?”

In the end, it does come down to that. Mr. Brooks is right and this can be applied to Arizona and our state leaders over the last two years as well as America and its leaders over that same period. People need to consider if they want to live in a state or a country where the trajectory over the last two years is taking us backward as opposed to forwards. Please consider:

Do we want to live in an Arizona and America where the leaders behave like demagogues, self-serving oligarchs, and, in the case of the current occupant of the White House, petty dictators, dividing us with the “big lies” and pitting us against each other?

Do we want to live in an Arizona and America where the wealthy are catered to and the poor and unfortunate shunned?

Do we want to live in an Arizona and America where corrupt oligarchs and plutocrats pay equally corrupt public servants behind the scenes with dark money to achieve their ends?

Do we want to live in an Arizona and America where our women are potentially denied the right to choose when needed?

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Ride Sun Link streetcar for free on October 13, 2018

Sun Link modern streetcar, courtesy of Donovan Dean Durband

 FREE STREETCAR RIDES ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13

Ride Sun Link for free to Tucson events

 TUCSON, Ariz. – “Tucsonans and visitors can ride the Sun Link streetcar for free all day on Saturday, October 13th, starting at 8 a.m. The streetcar provides convenient travel to several events taking place in Downtown Tucson over the weekend, including Tucson Meet Yourself, TENWEST, and 2nd Saturday.

Event attendees can park along the route, then board Sun Link for free and ride to any of the 23 streetcar destinations.

Streetcar service ends at 2 a.m. on Saturday. (Actually this means early Sunday morning.)

Sun Link connects riders to five of Tucson’s most popular and unique districts along its 3.9-mile route: the University of Arizona, Main Gate Square, 4th Avenue, Downtown and Mercado San Agustin.

For additional information on Sun Link, visit www.sunlinkstreetcar.com or call the Customer Service Center at (520) 792-9222 (for persons with hearing and speech impairments, call TDD: 520-628-1565).”

Contact: Pat Richter

Director of Marketing & Communications

(520) 206-8810; (520) 237-5905 (cell)

pat.richter@tucsonaz.gov

 

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Amanda Valenzuela

Marketing & Communications Specialist

amanda.valenzuela@tucsonaz.gov

520.206.8849

3920 N. Sun Tran Blvd

Tucson, AZ 85705




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