City of Tucson waives transit fares during month of March, due to COVID-19 concerns – updated

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UPDATED 3/31/20: Transit fares will be waived through at least April 17 as the effort to protect the health and safety of the community continues throughout the city.

Carolyn’s note: We were walking along 4th Avenue last night, and Sun Link streetcar was running virtually empty. Easy to ride, just jump on & off along the 4 mile route, no contact with the driver. Just distance yourself from others. Noticed that Sun Tran running mostly empty today as well. Smart move by the City of Tucson, these transit services should run free anyway, especially the Sun Tran bus.

Since the first coronavirus case reported in Pima County on March 9, I’ve been hectically cancelling/postponing events on our Calendar.  Most events up to mid April are no longer happening, but check the Calendar for online events. To date media is reporting 64 reported cases in Arizona, 8 in Pima County (minus 2 who have been cleared and are well again). Stay tuned Arizona!.

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Carolyn Classen
Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).

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  1. 3/31/20 UPDATE: “Transit fares will be waived through at least April 17 as the effort to protect the health and safety of the community continues throughout the city.”

    Carolyn’s note: have seen very little ridership on Sun Tran & Sun Link, with the drivers isolated away from the passengers. Hope this helps those who need to use Sun transit in Tucson.

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