Streetcar begins daytime testing today
Tucson Modern Streetcar officials announced they will begin testing the streetcar during daytime hours today and tomorrow.
The testing will take place between 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. each day.
During the testing, drivers will begin their certification process.
Here’s a snippet from the release:
The loop for these daytime tests will be from the Sun Link Operations & Maintenance facility on Eighth Street, along Fourth Avenue, to University Boulevard, stopping at Third Avenue and back. This specific route includes performance testing of key switching points. In addition to daytime tests, there could be nighttime testing along the streetcar route.
The public should be aware that the Sun Link streetcar will be occupying the same travel line as vehicles and that:
Police officers will be in the area
Testing personnel will be working around the streetcar
Pedestrians, motorists, and bicyclists will be interacting with this new transit option
Streetcar officials have repeatedly said streetcar drivers will respect bicyclists right to the road will stay behind cyclists if there is not three feet in which to pass.