Tucson may cease downtown shuttle service

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TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- Tucson officials will solicit public opinion about whether to shut down a shuttle service in the wake of the city's new streetcar system.

The Arizona Daily Star reports (http://bit.ly/1yNFMN9) that officials will hold open meetings this week to gather input on possibly closing the Downtown Loop transit service.

Tucson transit administrator Jeremy Papuga says the van service's route is largely duplicated by that of the Sun Link streetcar line, which launched in July.

Papuga says ridership on the vans has fallen 40 percent in the last three years from its peak of 60,000 annual riders.

He says in contrast, the Sun Tran system has attracted 300,000 riders in a month.

Comments from the meetings will be sent to the mayor and city council before a Jan. 6 public hearing.