Free rides on Sun Link streetcar to celebrate 1st Year anniversary




Celebrates with free rides on streetcar


TUCSON, Ariz. – On Saturday, July 25, Sun Link will celebrate one year in service. In celebration of the streetcar’s first anniversary, Friends of Tucson Streetcar, Tucson Medical Center and Tucson Electric Power will sponsor free rides on Sun Link. The KXCI Presents: Sun Link Summer in the City Concert Series will also hold a special concert on Sun Link’s anniversary with award-winning R&B/Jazz/Pop vocalist, Crystal Stark, performing on board at 7 p.m., starting at the stop on Avenida del Convento and Congress (across from Mercado San Agustin). Check Sun Link’s Twitter and Facebook pages to identify the streetcar number that will have the performance during the event.  The location of the streetcar with the concert on board can also be found using the Tucson Streetcar Tracker app which can be downloaded on Google Play and the Apple App Store.

Sun Link opened to the public on July 25, 2014 and had an estimated 17,000 riders during its opening day and a total of 60,000 passengers over the first three days of streetcar’s inaugural weekend. Sun Link celebrated its millionth boarding passenger on May 21, 2015, ahead of projected ridership numbers. Since the launch of Sun Link streetcar, approximately 1.1 million passengers have enjoyed the ride.

Tucsonans have helped the streetcar exceed ridership expectations while experts have credited Sun Link’s positive impact with the growth and development to downtown Tucson.

For additional Sun Link information and for trip planning assistance, call the Customer Service Center at (520) 792-9222 (for persons with hearing and speech impairments, call TDD: 520-628-1565).

Contact: Michael Graham

Public Information Officer

(520) 837-6686;

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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 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, (since Jan. 2013).


  1. If you haven’t riden the Sun Link yet, here’s your chance: FREE today, 8 a.m. to 12 midnight, though it runs till 2 a.m. on Sunday mornings.

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