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Tempe Streetcar begins running on May 20

First year will be free

Posted 4/28/22

Tempe residents will finally be able to board the new Tempe Streetcar beginning on May 20, Valley Metro announced.

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Transit

Tempe Streetcar begins running on May 20

First year will be free

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Tempe residents will finally be able to board the new Tempe Streetcar beginning on May 20, Valley Metro announced.

The new Valley Metro service full of green and silver streetcars will travel on Mill and Ash Avenues from Rio Salado Parkway and Marina Heights to Dorsey Lane and Apache Boulevard. 

The streetcars will arrive at designated stops every 15 to 20 minutes. The first year of service will be free. All vehicles are ADA and bike accessible. The six vehicles will be able to hold about 120 passengers as they travel a three mile route with 14 stops, two of which will have access to the light rail. The vehicles operate individually and are not linked together. Stops will occur more frequently than the light rail.

Streetcars will share roads with cars, bikes and can run quietly, so Valley Metro is urging pedestrians and cyclists to be observant around the new transit service. 

The long term project was initially scheduled to open by the end of 2021 but was hampered by supply chain issues. The impact of COVID-19 caused the final three streetcars to be delayed, pushing the opening to spring 2022. 

The Tempe Streetcar is funded through a combination of federal grants, regional funding from Proposition 404, and a local public-private partnership.

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