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The RTA has completed seven RTA Plan Element Reports, which summarize highlights of projects within RTA plan elements. The reports have been presented to the RTA Board.  

RTA Ballot No. 2  - The RTA Plan described the project as: Construct a new Camino de Mañana 2-lane arterial from Tangerine Road to Linda Vista Road, with 2 travel lanes and bike lanes in each direction This project will connect with Project 3. Twin Peaks, Silverbell Road to I-10, with Interchange, to form a Twin Peaks/Camino De Mañana Corridor, with a link to Tangerine Road.

  

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RTA Ballot No. 3 - Reconstruct Twin Peaks Road as a 4-lane arterial west of Interstate 10 to Silverbell Road, with 4 travel lanes; raised, landscaped median; bike lanes in each direction; and curb and sidewalks New traffic interchange on I-10 at Twin Peaks Road, including a railway overpass over the UPRR New Camino de Mañana divided arterial extending from I–10 at the Twin Peaks interchange north and east to Linda Vista Road, with 4 travel lanes; raised, landscaped median; bike lanes in each direction New bridge on Twin Peaks Road over the Santa Cruz River New culverts throughout to convey the 100-year peak discharge under the road.

  

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RTA Ballot No. 10 - Widen La Cholla to a 6-lane desert parkway between River Road and Ruthrauff Road, with 6 travel lanes; a raised, landscaped median; a new 6-lane bridge over the Rillito River, just south of River Road; and bike lanes in each direction. This project connects with Project #9, Ruthrauff Road at I-10 and Union Pacific Railroad Overpass.

  

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RTA Ballot No. 36 - Intersection Safety and Capacity Upgrades report provides information about intersection projects that have been completed to date, including before and after photos and budget details. This report falls under the Safety Element of the RTA plan.

  

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RTA Ballot No. 37 & 41 - The Regional Transportation Authority plan funds infrastructure improvements to support non-motorized forms of transportation, such as bicycling and walking. These alternative modes of transportation support the goal of the RTA plan to enhance our regional mobility options.

The RTA plan funds pedestrian safety improvements that allow pedestrians to easily access and safely cross busy arterial roadways. To further ensure safety, the RTA funds pedestrian crossings at key locations along major roadways near activity centers, such as shopping malls and medical centers. Other improvements funded by the RTA comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, such as installing handicap ramps at intersections or improving corridor access for the elderly and people with disabilities.

Under the Safety Element, the RTA Plan provides $20 million to fund Elderly and Pedestrian Safety Improvements. (RTA No. 37) to address public safety concerns of pedestrians by targeting mobility impediments. Projects include making improvements to substandard handicap ramps at intersections, filling sidewalk gaps, adding safe landing areas to bus stops, installing crosswalks with high pedestrian volumes, and developing safe routes to schools.

Under the Environmental and Economic Vitality Element, the RTA plan includes $60 million to fund Bikeway, Greenway, Pathway and Sidewalk improvements (RTA No. 41). Many of the existing roadways throughout the Tucson region do not have continuous sidewalks and bikeways. This RTA program funds projects that fill gaps in the sidewalk and provide  shared-use and bike lane networks to create a bicycle and pedestrian-friendly transportation system for all users. Sidewalks are needed for a variety of groups, especially young children and people with disabilities who walk or use public transit for school and work. A well-connected shared-use path network along the river park system is important to fully realize the benefit of this recreational and mobility resource in our community. On-street bike lane facilities provide cyclists a safer environment for commuting on major roadways. Together, these improvements create an interconnected bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure network. 

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RTA Ballot No. 38  - The Regional Transportation Authority plan funds infrastructure improvements to support a wide variety of modes of transportation, each of which impacts other modes. An integrated well functioning, system of transportation modes supports the goal of the RTA plan to enhance our regional mobility options.

The RTA plan funds bus pullouts that allow transit vehicles to move out of the travel lanes while passengers board and alight. Bus pullouts are needed where public buses stop for long periods of time along major arterials, delaying traffic in the through lane. Pullouts allow buses to load and unload passengers in a designated, paved pullout to the right of the through lane and next to the curb. Traffic can continue to flow in the through lane, and drivers do not need to resort to lane changes to avoid traffic delays behind stopped buses. During the development of the RTA plan, the public expressed strong support for expansion of bus pullout use on major arterials with high transit ridership. Bus pullouts also provide benefits to transit riders since all new bus pullouts are constructed with shelters and other amenities to improve transit rider comfort.

Under the Safety Element of the RTA plan (RTA No. 38), $30 million is allocated to fund Transit Corridor Bus Pullouts. Outreach materials distributed to the public at the time of the RTA vote promised the delivery of 200 new bus pullouts as a part of the RTA program. These new bus pullouts are developed as standalone projects funded by the Transit Corridor Bus Pullouts (RTA No. 38) portion of the safety element as well as roadway and intersection safety projects

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RTA Ballot No. 43 - Small Business Assistance. The Regional Transportation Authority plan funds small business assistance to help mitigate transportation improvement construction impacts on small businesses. Transportation improvement projects can have a significant impact on small business. Not all businesses are affected equally, but average losses typically run 20 percent to 25 percent. An estimated 10,000 businesses are located within a ¼-mile of all the RTA construction projects.  

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