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Tempe Streetcar Testing Enters Final Steps

As Tempe Streetcar testing begins Monday, residents should expect to see the vehicles out on the tracks in the coming days and weeks.

While the streetcar isn’t allowing passengers yet, Valley Metro is working to incorporate the vehicles into Tempe traffic.

Passenger cars will be able to drive on the rails while the streetcar is in service, so Valley Metro urges drivers to treat the streetcar like any other vehicle on the road.

Other safety tips include keeping bikes and scooters off of the tracks, as the grooves are wider than a normal bike tire, and looking and listening before crossing the tracks in designated crosswalks.

It is currently unknown when the streetcar will begin transporting passengers, but the project is in its second-to-last stage and is expected to launch later this year.

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.