Streetcar in downtown Tempe and Arizona State University now running

Tempe’s 3-mile streetcar line opened to passengers on Friday, with free fare for the first year.

The streetcar route connects riders to 14 different stops in downtown Tempe, Arizona State University and surrounding neighborhoods, including destinations such as Marina Heights, Gammage Auditorium and Tempe Beach Park.

The streetcar will operate from 6 am to midnight Mondays through Saturdays and from 8 am to midnight Sundays.

The streetcar vehicles are smaller than light rail cars and each one holds up to 125 passengers.

The service runs every 20 minutes, although that frequency is expected to improve later this year when the final two streetcar vehicles are added to the service. In total, there will be six vehicles running.

Tempe Mayor Corey Woods, City Council members and other state and local leaders attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday morning to celebrate the Valley’s first streetcar.

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