Sun Link streetcar

Since Tucson voters approved the $2.1 billion Regional Transportation Plan and the modern streetcar eight years ago, aggressive redevelopment helped create a busy entertainment district.

Mike Christy / Arizona Daily Star

The Tucson Modern Streetcar was named public works project of the year by the Arizona Branch of the American Public Works Association.

The streetcar project was recognized today at the association's annual conference, according to a Regional Transportation Authority news release.

The $197 million project, co-managed by the City of Tucson and the RTA, launched service Friday with more than 60,000 people riding the streetcar during a three-day weekend of free rides.

The project was recognized for its economic impact, the high level of cooperation among all partners, extensive outreach to businesses and the public, and collaboration among various groups and neighborhoods along the route, according to the RTA.

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