/ Modified may 22, 2015 8:11 a.m.

1 Millionth Streetcar Passenger Wins Free Rides

UA student who uses rail system to get to, from school awarded one-year pass.

Streetcar, Sun Link - Spotlight Stock
Colleen Greer

Tucson's streetcar system celebrated reaching a milestone of 1 million passengers Thursday afternoon.

City officials said University of Arizona student Anna Bjornsen became the millionth person to board the streetcar. She won a free pass to the streetcar and Tucson's municipal bus system for one year.

Bjornsen said she regularly uses the streetcar to get to and from class. The streetcar runs along a four-mile route from west of downtown through the university campus and to the campus health complex north of Speedway Boulevard.

The streetcar began running last July and officials say the number of passengers has been running as much as 17 percent ahead of projected ridership.

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