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Tucson's streetcar system requires subsidies

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Tucson's new streetcar system is expected to generate more than $300,000 in fares and require nearly $4 million in government subsidies in its first full year of operation.

The Arizona Daily Star reports that the city's draft five-year transit plan says fares from the Sun Link Streetcar system will cover 6 to 7 percent of the system's annual operating cost. By comparison, fares pay for 24 percent of Sun Tran bus system operations.

The Regional Transportation Authority and the University of Arizona will pay a portion of the annual streetcar operating subsidy.

But most of the streetcar operating money will come from the city's budget -- about $2.4 million in the first full year and about $3.7 million by the fifth year.

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