Outreach Coordinator for the
Pima Association of Governments
Thursday, November 21,
2:30 – 3:30 p.m.,
Arizona Senior Academy Building
Have you been challenged lately on Old Spanish Trail by the new obstacle course of cones, lane changes and routing signs? Still trying to find ways around the ever-moving construction on East Broadway? Wondering just where the Valencia extension will link with OST, and when? Want to take a bus to one of the malls but no idea how? For answers to these and other transportation questions, come to Mindy Blake’s video and slideshow lecture November 21, and be prepared to give your opinion. The RTA is seeking to develop a new set of transportation investments, and citizen involvement will be key to its success.
Since Ms. Blake’s last visit to the ASA in February of 2018, many new projects have sprung up in the Tucson transportation infrastructure, and some previously reported projects have been finished. All part of the $2.1 billion, 20-year initiative approved by Pima County voters in 2006 and financed by a half-cent sales tax, these projects include not just roads, but improvements to transit and safety plus enhancement of environmental areas: in fact, everything except routine maintenance. During the implementation period, more than 840 RTA transportation projects have been completed across the region, including roadway improvements, bike lanes/paths, bus pullouts, signalized pedestrian crossings, drainage features, transit expansion, wildlife crossings and much more. (You can go to RTAmobility.com for additional information.)
The current plan and funding source will expire in 2026. So what’s next? Here is your chance to have some input into the answer to that question.
Compiled by Suzanne Ferguson, Academy Village Volunteer