The Sun Link streetcar project is part of the $2.1 billion Regional Transportation Plan, approved by Pima County voters in May 2006. The project is funded by the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) and through federal and other regional funds. The City of Tucson and the RTA are co-managing the project.

Community Involvement - Since its inception, the Tucson Streetcar Project Team has sought community involvement and public input to help shape the course and direction of the project. A main component of this effort was the formation of a Community Liaison Group (CLG) made up of representatives of key stakeholder groups along the route alignment. The CLG was formed in 2004 and has been instrumental as part of the extensive community outreach campaign utilized to ensure widespread public awareness of the alternative transit options under consideration. 

Streetcar System – The fixed-guideway electric rail system will have eight ADA-compliant vehicles in operation, sharing a travel lane with other vehicles and will be compatible with street parking. The streetcars also will accommodate bicycles and have easy roll-on access for wheelchairs and strollers. The vehicles will stop at 18 points along the route.

Streetcar Frequency – The streetcar is expected to reach a stop every 10 minutes during the day and every 20 minutes during the evening.

Streetcar Cost and Funding Sources

In 2010, the City of Tucson was awarded a $63 million, Transportation and Infrastructure  Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA).The modern streetcar project is a specific component of the RTA Plan, approved by voters in 2006. Federal funding and RTA funds are designated specifically for the streetcar project.

Federal funding sources

  • $63 million – TIGER Grant awarded in February 2010
  • $6 million – New Starts “Exempt” project  
  •   $4 million – FTA Grant (HPP)                

Local funding sources  

  • $75 million – Regional Transportation Authority            
  • $8.5 million – Public utilities (Water/Sewer)  
  • $4.1 million – TIP/PAG/Grants
  • $2.9 million – The Gadsden Company    

Other funding sources

  • $20 Million – City of Tucson Certificates of Participation/Grant Anticipation Notes 
  • $13 million – Luis G. Gutierrez (Cushing) Bridge

Announcements

One Million Passengers and Counting

Anna Bjornsen proudly became Sun Link's one millionth passenger on Thursday, May 21, 2015. Anna was greeted by City Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and Sun Link dignitaries as she boarded streetcar 104. Read more. go >

Tucson's Downtown has a Bright Future

Discussions centered around downtown are optimistic as experts talk about growth, development and the positive impact the modern streetcar has had. read more. go >

Sun Link Exceeds Ridership Expectations

With more than 4,000 people enjoying the ride per day Sun Link is exceeding ridership projections. Click to learn more. go >

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Get Ready for the Ride

Get Ready for the Ride

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Featured Photos, Maps & Videos

  • Tucson streetcar 101 en route
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  • Arrival of Streetcar Vehicle 101
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  • Sun Link Vehicle Testing
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  • September 6, 2013 Operations and Maintenance Facility and Vehicle Dedication Event
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  • Secretary of Transportation, Anthony Foxx, Visits Sun Link
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  • Sun Link Tucson Streetcar 3D Simulation
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  • July 25, 2013 Final Weld Event
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  • New Signage along the Sun Link Tucson Streetcar Route
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  • Lithomosaic Installation at 4th Avenue at 7th Street
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  • Dignitaries Help Kickoff the Construction of the Sun Link System
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  • Constructing the Streetcar Line
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  • Sun Link Tucson Streetcar Vehicles in Production
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  • Public Art Installed on the Maintenance and Storage Facility
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  • Building the Luis Gutierrez Bridge
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  • Luis G. Gutierrez Bridge Construction
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  • October 11, 2012 Luis Gutierrez Bridge Walk to the Westside Event
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  • Crews welding the rail that will make up the tracks for the Modern Streetcar
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  • Crews Transporting Welded Rail
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  • Crew Installing Rail
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  • Streetcar Crews Installing Special Track and Curve Rail
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  • Installation of a streetcar stop
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  • Traction Power Substation (TPSS) Installation
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  • Warren Avenue Underpass Construction
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  • Production of Public Art for Streetcar Stops