City Of Tucson Announces Contractor to Build Modern Streetcars

Released May 27, 2009

The City of Tucson is pleased to announce that Oregon Iron Works (OIW) has been selected to manufacture the modern streetcar vehicles for the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) funded Modern Streetcar Project. OIW is headquartered in Clackamas, Oregon, and is the only American-owned manufacturer of modern streetcar vehicles. OIW was selected by the City of Portland to manufacture 6 modern streetcars for approximately $20 million dollars.

Following a ten-month competitive procurement process led by the City of Tucson, OIW prevailed as the successful offeror. While OIW has been selected to construct the streetcars, they have not been given a notice to proceed. That is expected to occur once the City of Tucson receives the green light from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to move forward on the final design and construction of the streetcar.

The Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT) keeps Tucson moving smoothly and safely. The Department’s nearly 400 employees oversee the maintenance and reconstruction of nearly 4,400 lane miles of streets and are responsible for hundreds of drainage structures, public art pieces, street lights and signs, and traffic signs and signals in Tucson. TDOT also operates the City’s transit services, Sun Tran and Sun Van.

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