Monday marks the start of a huge week for Tucson's new streetcar.
A press conference outside the Sun Links maintenance facility at 9 a.m. kicked it all off. It was hosted by Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild. City officials were there with Rep. Ron Barber, Rep. Raul Grijalva and Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore. After the press conference the group boarded the streetcar for a ride to the west side to honor Grijalva with a dedication plaque.
There are a couple things to keep in mind to ride the streetcar: Each stop has a route map, benches and a ticket vending machine. Unlike riding the bus, you don't pay the fare to the operator. You do have to get a Sun Go card. You can put money on it at Fry's stores, Sun Tran Transit Centers or online. You can also purchase a one day pass at the streetcar stops. They take credit cards or exact change.
Getting on the streetcar, you want to wait for the passengers to get off and then you can board. Once you're on, you tap your Sun Go card to the card reader and you're ready to go.
Stay with us for continuing coverage of events leading up to this weekend's free rides.
For a map of the route, click here.