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Tempe Streetcar Tests Move To Newly Constructed Tracks

With two streetcars in Arizona and four more on the way, Valley Metro will begin to test one of the vehicles on the tracks in Tempe.

The testing phase of the Tempe Streetcar project is the last phase before the projected launch later this year.

The streetcar will be tested on the Tempe tracks on the evening of Tuesday, June 8, but Madeline Phipps of Valley Metro says tests are already being conducted in multiple locations.

“We are in the testing phase of construction now. So we’ve actually been testing our vehicles on the Light Rail alignment, and at the Valley Metro Operations and Maintenance center, just to make sure that everything’s safe and operating correctly,” said Phipps.

Phipps noted that unlike the light rail, the Tempe Streetcar will be integrated with traffic.

The launch was initially set for spring 2021 before pandemic-related closings slowed production on the vehicles.

Vaughan Jones is the weekend reporter for KJZZ, and a graduate of ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sports journalism, with a minor in music. As a Phoenix native, Jones’s dream is to serve his community by covering important stories in the metropolitan area.He spent two years as music director at Blaze Radio, ASU’s student-run radio station. His passion for radio stems from joining Blaze his freshman year as a DJ.When he is not working, Jones can be found writing music with his band, playing video games with his friends, or watching his favorite Phoenix-area sports teams.