Development of a new 20-year regional transportation plan is underway.
The Regional Transportation Authority Board has begun consideration of a draft plan, which would fund $2.34 billion in improvements to the transportation network across Pima County.
The draft includes roadway corridor improvements, transit expansions, safety enhancements, and other transportation elements that each RTA jurisdiction submitted for inclusion in the plan.
As that draft is revised to meet the proposed 20-year funding availability, the public also will have the opportunity to weigh in on the proposal. After that, the RTA board may make any needed adjustments and then place the plan on the ballot for voter approval.
The current Regional Transportation Authority plan runs through June 2026 and includes 35 major roadway construction projects to improve mobility, accessibility and functionality of the Tucson metro area’s roadway system. Pima County voters approved the plan approved in 2006 along with a half-cent excise (sales) tax to pay for much of the work.
The RTA sales tax provides more than $100 million annually to pay for transportation improvements and continued service expansions for transit systems like Sun Tran buses, streetcar, and paratransit services. To date, the RTA has delivered nearly 1,000 transportation improvements to the region.
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