Tucked west of a bustling 4th Avenue on 8th Street, the Sun Link Streetcar Operations & Maintenance Facility is the streetcar system’s largest structure. It includes three buildings, which will be a hub of activity for Tucson’s largest transit project to-date. Specifically the new facility includes:
- Three high-profile, enclosed service bays. Bay 1 features pit where crews can stand and work on the streetcar undercarriage. Bay 2 has the most overhead clearance, essential for crews to make repairs to equipment on the streetcar roof–air conditioning and overheard electrical arms. And, Bay 3, the longest bay, offers easy access to a wheel repair shop.
- An extensive parts inventory for repair and replacement.
- Testing and calibration equipment.
- A high-pressure wash for the vehicle’s exterior plus equipment for cleaning and detailing the interior.
- A master control room, dedicated to monitoring streetcar operations.
- Administrative offices and “base camp” for all streetcar drivers.
The facility is a green building, which helps our environment, economy, and health. At a minimum, it is expected to achieve a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) New Construction Silver certification.