Sun Link Streetcar
Ride Sun Link
Sun Tran, Sun Link, Sun Van, Sun On Demand, Sun Express and Sun Shuttle rides continue to remain fare free at the direction of the Mayor and Council.
More than 100,000 people live and work within a half-mile of the streetcar route. It takes approximately 30 minutes to go from one end of the route to the other.
Tucson’s Sun Link Streetcar connects five unique districts– Downtown, Mercado San Agustín, Fourth Avenue, Main Gate Square and the University of Arizona. The 3.9 mile route has 23 stops adorned with public art. 350 days of sunshine, home of the Gem & Mineral Show, 4th Ave Street Fair, The University of Arizona and UNESCO’s City of Gastronomy, you can pick up the streetcar to get you within walking distance of hundreds of Tucson’s most iconic restaurants, museums, shops and entertainment venues to new and historic residential neighborhoods. Leave the driving to us!
Mercardo San Augustin
Some of the greatest cities in the world are home to vibrant market districts. The Gadsden Company, Mission District Partners and Rio Development are working to add Tucson, Arizona to that list. This dynamic district combines housing, shopping, restaurants, markets and beautifully diverse architecture to create Tucson’s premier transit-oriented development. Located on the West-End of Tucson’s Modern Streetcar line the district is anchored by two shopping centers Mercado San Agustín and the MSA Annex, both situated along the beautiful tree lined Avenida Del Convento.
Visit the district on their instagram.
Wake up in the heart of it all!
Bike from your home to the office and grab a cup of coffee from a local roaster on the way. Simply open your front door to hear live music, from mariachi to folk to opera. Be within walking distance to everything that you need – from the pleasures of your favorite restaurants and nightlife hot spots to local markets and wellness destinations.
Downtown Tucson on Instagram.
University of Arizona
As Arizona’s land-grant university, we are driven to do great things. It’s our passion to transform the lives of our student Wildcats and to solve some of the biggest challenges facing our state and the world.
But what makes us unique is how we do it. We live our purpose, mission and values every day. And we do this in one of the most incredible places on Earth, surrounded by majestic mountains and Saguaro forests, and under a sky that ignites imaginations with cotton candy sunsets and diamond-filled nights. At the University of Arizona, everywhere you look is filled with wonder. Home of the 2021 Women’s NCAA National Basketball Champions!
Visit the University on Instagram.
Main Gate Square
Discover flavor, style and attitude when you visit Main Gate Square, a pedestrian-friendly dining and shopping destination featuring over 20 retailers and 30 restaurants near the University of Arizona and Tucson’s historic neighborhoods. Experience the flavors of the Mediterranean, India, Greece, Asia, Thailand, Mexico, Japan, Vietnam and everywhere USA. If it’s fashion you want, you’ll find the right style for you or the perfect gift for someone else. Or relax at one our seven salons and spas. Live music, jam sessions, wine tastings,and karaoke enhance Main Gate Square’s high energy, urban atmosphere. Life happens here.
Spend the day. Enjoy the night.
Open 7 Days Per Week
Hours of Operation Vary by Merchant
Restaurants Serving Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner
You’ll find something to eat from 6 am to 3 am
Learn more on their Instagram.
The Historic Fourth Avenue Business District is directly northeast of and adjacent to downtown, Tucson, Arizona and part of our thriving City Center.
It is bounded on the south by the Southern Pacific depot, and tracks. To the east, lies the Iron Horse Expansion Historic District. Directly to the north lies the West University Historic District and directly to the west is the Tucson Warehouse Historic District. Further north and east of the Avenue, is the University of Arizona.
Fourth Avenue became a commercial district after the construction of the Fourth Avenue Underpass in 1916. In 2016, the Avenue’s 100th anniversary, the North Fourth Avenue Merchants Association requested Poster Frost Mirto (Corky Poster, Charles Pifer, and Jennifer Levstik) in cooperation with the City of Tucson (Jonathan Mabry), to nominate Fourth Avenue Commercial Historic District to the National Register of Historic Places.
Fourth Avenue’s historical centrality and available open space meant that the corridor was advantageously situated to become a commercial district. During its height (1920s–1930s), it met the needs of neighboring communities—in essence becoming a precursor to the strip mall where businesses began moving into the suburbs away from the urban core. Between 1916 and 1967, the District’s location provided ready access to goods and supplies imported by the railroad and neighboring warehouses, and could accommodate University students, downtown business people, and neighbors. Today this vibrant commercial corridor is populated by over 140 locally owned boutiques, bars, and cafes; all residing in historic buildings.
View the 4th Avenue Instagram.
History & Benefits
- 100,000 people live and work within a half mile of the route.
- Sun Link has improved transit service, adding service frequency, hours and capacity.
- Sun Link is integrated with Sun Tran bus route and the UA’s Cat Tran system.
- The Sun Link-Sun Tran system has one easy to use, card swipe fare system.
The Sun Link Tucson Streetcar was our city’s largest construction project ever and it has already made positive impacts:
- Over 1,200 construction jobs created
- 1500 + new housing units
- 50+ new restaurants, bars & cafes along the route
- $63 million+ in streetcar federal funds
- Over $1 Billion invested from the private sector to-date along the route
- 8 “Made in America” streetcar vehicles
Creating Design & Construction Jobs
The City of Tucson estimated that 1,200 new jobs were created as a direct result of Sun Link construction. An additional 1,650 related jobs in over 19 industries were created as a result of construction activities, and 1,500 long-term regional jobs were created as a results of the streetcar.
Made in America
Tucson’s modern streetcar vehicles were the first order of vehicles manufactured in the United States in nearly 60 years.
New Development & Revitalization
Since its launch in 2014, the Sun Link streetcar has triggered over $1 billion of private investment, which as funded new retail, office and residential development and redevelopment along the streetcar corridor. Ninety new restaurants, bars and cafes, and retail businesses have popped up along the route over the last 3 years. Additionally, there has been significant housing, retail and corporate business expansions within the Sun Link route.
Mixed-use housing developments
- 44 Broadway
- One East Broadway
- One West Broadway
- Student housing complexes:
- The Cadence
- The District on 5th
- Sol y Luna
- The Junction at Iron Horse
- Hub at Tucson, Hub II, Hub at Speedway
- Aspire Tucson
- The Mark
- Herbert Residential
Residential housing developments
- West End Station
- The Westerner & Westpoint Apartments
- Downtown Motor Apartments
- McCormick Apartments
- Coronado Hotel Apartments
- 7th Avenue Commons
- Mercado San Agustin Annex
- City Park – to be completed in October 2019
- The Boxyard on 4th
- Caterpillar Surface Mining & Technology Division
- Hexagon Mining Company
- UniSource Energy
- Providence Service Corporation
The all-electric streetcars help reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. The capacity of one streetcar vehicle is approximately 148 passengers. Riding the Sun Link reduces trips by single occupant vehicles, thus reducing congestion, pollution and the need for additional parking.
The streetcar system has inspired transit oriented development and encourages people to walk and ride to more of their favorite destinations, rather than driving. Additionally, each streetcar vehicle is bicycle friendly so people can bring their bikes as well.
The Sun Link Operations & Maintenance Facility is a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver certified building. LEED projects are certified by the United States Green Building Council and demonstrate leadership, innovation, environmental stewardship and social responsibility, and are designed to:
- Lower operating costs and increase asset value
- Reduce waste sent to landfills
- Conserve energy and water
- Be healthier and safer for occupants
- Reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions
The Sun Link streetcar system, launched in July 2014, is funded as part of theRegional Transportation Authority’s 20-year voter approved plan and tax, effective through June 2026. Vehicles and construction costs were funded by the RTA, federal grant and local funds. The RTA continues to contribute to operating costs.
In addition to funding transit services, the 2006 RTA plan also funds new bike lanes and paths, sidewalks and greenways to provide alternative transportation choices across the greater Tucson region.