Tour of Sun Link Streetcar Operations Center on March 19


Tour on March 19, 2015, 5:30 p.m.sunlinktesting

Sun Link Operations & Maintenance Center at 290 E. 8th Street, Tucson, AZ 85705 (west of 4th Avenue, south of E. 6th St.)

Join FEATSAZ for a behind-the-scenes tour of Sun Link Operations & Maintenance Facility hosted by Friends of the Tucson Streetcar. 5:30pm tour of facility with mixer at O’Malley’s on Fourth afterwards.

The Tucson Modern Streetcar will be operational this summer. Learn how it will operate and interface with events in the heart of Tucson: 4thFourth Avenue AveThe University of Arizona and Downtown Tucson Partnership Merchants & Retailers Council

FEATSAZ  stands for Festival & Events Association of Tucson and Southern Arizona.  I went to the grand opening of this operations & maintenance facility back in the fall, and hope to learn more this time.  I hear the target date for the Sun Link streetcar to start running is July 25, 2014, a month before the University of Arizona begins their academic calendar for 2014-2015. Stay tuned.

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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. About 50 people on this tour today to see the facility and step inside a Sun Link streetcar, which will run the 3.9 mile route. The System will employ 38 people of which there will be 18 operators, and each streetcar will seat 28 people, can carry max of 125 in total, including bike racks and disabled areas. 5 of the 8 cars are here now and the tentative hours of operation might be: M to W, 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., Thu/Fri, 6 a.m. to 12 midnight, Sat. 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. and Sun. 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The facility is solar powered for the hot water and heating, hoping to get Silver LEED certification. The cars will have video/audio recordings.

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