Daylight test of Modern Streetcar set for tomorrow, Friday

2013-10-02T12:49:00Z 2013-10-02T17:21:06Z Daylight test of Modern Streetcar set for tomorrow, FridayBy Joe Ferguson Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Fans of the Modern Streetcar project might get a chance to see it humming along the electrified tracks tomorrow, as Sun Link starts daytime testing.

The streetcar — dubbed “101” by the city - will run on a portion of 3.9-mile track tomorrow. It will start at the maintenance shop on Eighth Street go to Fourth Avenue, then to University Boulevard, stopping at Third Avenue and then returning to the city-owned facility.

The daytime tests allow new drivers a chance behind the wheel before getting their official certification as well as allow the city to perform safety tests on the blue-and-silver-painted streetcar long before passenger starts service next summer.

Testing will take place between 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on both Thursday and Friday.

City officials said there is a possibility for nighttime testing along the streetcar route as well.

Contact reporter Joe Ferguson at jferguson@azstarnet.com or 573-4346. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFerguson 

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