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Tucson's Sun Link one more reason to GROW AMERICA

Yesterday, Secretary Foxx wrote about the Washington Metro's new Silver Line that, "connecting thousands of residents and visitors with major employment, education and economic opportunities," is a significant investment in the community's future. And last week, the Federal Transit Administration helped celebrate the launch of another significant investment, Tucson, Arizona’s new Sun Link streetcar service.

It couldn’t have come at a better time. A recent report from Arizona Public Interest Research Group showed that Tucson had a 25% per capita increase in transit ridership over a 5-year period. According to the study, that’s due in large part to population growth in the Sunbelt and an increasing preference for public transit among both seniors and the Millennial generation. All of those factors reflect what we’re seeing nationally: a decline in driving and the highest transit ridership in generations.

Sun Link is a good example of modern streetcar services that are bringing a new transportation option to communities across the country – or in some cases, bringing back an old one...

Photo of Sun Link streetcar moving through downtown Tucson

Sugar House Streetcar keeps Salt Lake City moving forward

For the first time in half a century, streetcars have returned to Salt Lake City’s historic Sugar House neighborhood.

Even before the new S-Line began operating last week, the project had already done wonders for the city’s bottom line—jump-starting roughly $400 million in economic development that’s completed or underway, including hundreds of new apartments. That’s what transit-oriented development is all about: bringing access to housing, transit, and jobs together in a way that makes sense for how families, young professionals, seniors, and others want to live today.

Poster from Utah Transit featuring S-line streetcar

U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood Attends Groundbreaking of $196.6 Million Tucson Streetcar Project

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today participated in the groundbreaking of a new 3.9-mile modern streetcar line project that will directly connect thousands of commuters with Tucson’s major downtown employers, health care facilities, the University of Arizona and regional attractions.

New Department of Transportation Video Highlights First Modern Company to Manufacture Streetcars in America

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today released the latest video in the U.S. Department of Transportation’s “Transporting America” series. The video highlights United Streetcar, the first company to manufacture streetcars in America in more than 50 years.