The City of Tempe has always prided itself on being ahead of the curve when it comes to transportation. The city has light rail, buses and bike lanes, but in a few years it will also add a streetcar to the list.
It's all part of a $186 million program. The streetcar will run from Apache Boulevard, around the Gammage Curve, and up Mill Avenue to Rio Salado Parkway. It's roughly a 3-mile track.
Now, what makes this stand out is the fact that this streetcar is a hybrid. There will be some areas, like on Mill Avenue, where it will run solely on batteries. This idea came about as a way to cut down on those unsightly power poles you see with the Light Rail.
Amanda Nelson is a spokeswoman for Tempe and says this will add yet another eco-friendly mode of transportation in the city.
"We have a lot of trees here on Mill Avenue and that would be a conflict so this is a perfect area to make this happen."
The streetcar could be up and running by 2020.
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