The voter-approved Regional Transportation Authority plan included $87.7 million in funding for a high-capacity streetcar.
In addition to the streetcar funding, the City of Tucson received a $63 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant, a $6 million New Starts federal grant, City of Tucson Certificates of Participation/Grant Applications Notes ($26.6 million), and other regional ($9 million) and local funding.
The streetcar system is open 7 days a week.
The streetcars stop every 10 minutes between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Monday through Friday, the streetcars stop every 20 minutes.
The 20-minute headway continues from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday.
The streetcar stops every 30 minutes from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday through Saturday.
The 4-mile line includes the following business districts and entertainment areas:
- Mercado District
- University of Arizona
- Main Gate Square
- Fourth Avenue Business District
- Downtown Tucson
The streetcar operates on a fixed-rail/electric system at street level and shares a lane of traffic with other vehicles. Technology allows the streetcars to operate safely, quietly and efficiently in high-pedestrian areas to link riders with major activity centers where parking is scarce.