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Jul 26, 2014 1:24 AM by Sam Salzwedel

Tucson streetcar boosts night-life

TUCSON - The SunLink streetcar looks like it will improve the night-life along its route.

All day Friday, cars were packed with people.

Kurt Tallis with the 4th Avenue Merchants Associations said he expects the construction pains to pay off.

"Imagine going on date night and having, let's say, pre-drinks at Mercado," he said. "Go have dinner Downtown. Dessert on 4th Avenue. And after dinner, a little dancing at Main Gate."

Stephenie Stevens lives on the West Side and enjoyed one of the first rides.

"It was really nice," she said. "It was really packed, but everybody had a smile on their face, which made it all worth while."

She expects to take advantage of several of the stops on the line.

"It's going to be great," she said. "Just hop on the ride, come down here, play a little. Safe travels."

John Bedford drives a cab and said many of his riders live in the University area.

"Hopefully it makes it better," he said. "But maybe not. It might take a lot of our customers away."

Free rides are being offered through Sunday.

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