RTA plan delivers hundreds of miles of new sidewalks

The Regional Transportation Authority has built nearly 180 miles of sidewalks to improve pedestrian accessibility and connectivity.

Funding for these improvements was made possible by voter approval of the 2006 RTA regional transportation plan and tax, effective through June 2026.

The improvements close the gaps between existing sidewalks, and other sidewalks are extended where needed or are newly incorporated into multimodal corridor projects to improve pedestrian safety.

In addition to funding new sidewalks, the RTA funds the following safety projects:

  • Bus pullouts – to reduce rear-end and sideswipe collisions
  • Wildlife crossings – to reduce motorist collisions with wildlife
  • Upgraded traffic signal technology – to maintain a reliable, predictable traffic network
  • Signalized pedestrian crossings – to provide added protection for pedestrians
  • Bike lanes – to help buffer the space between bicyclists and vehicles
  • Grade-separated railroad crossings – to help eliminate potential crash areas by separating trains and traffic

The RTA is committed to improving transportation reliability for all modes of transportation in the Tucson metro area, which includes making it safer to get around no matter which mode you’re using.