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Street light changes meant to keep streetcar moving

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The Sun Link Streetcar continues to spur change in downtown Tucson.

Tucson's Department of Transportation changed some of the times for street lights in order to alleviate traffic after the most recent Second Saturday, according to TDOT.

The main source of congestion centers around the intersection of Toole, Congress and 4th Avenue, according to city spokesperson Michael Graham. He said traffic can back up and make it difficult for the streetcar to make it through, which creates delays.

The permanent change happened over the weekend, according to Deputy Director Carlos de Leon. The number of total trips recorded was much less for this Saturday compared to Second Saturday, but de Leon said they noticed a positive impact from the new times.

Christopher Sapp, Director of Operations for Hotel Congress said he was speaking for his boss, the business' owner. He said the intersection of Toole, Congress and 4th Avenue was currently being studied.

"From the study, hopefully there are suggestions that are made that result in improvement because currently it is not effective,” he said.

Graham said the launch of the streetcar was meant to give Sun Link and the city enough time to study the routes, times and general flow before U of A students return to campus and provide an expected surge in ridership.

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