The RTA is regionalism at its best

The Regional Transportation Authority at its heart is a regional approach to improving the shared transportation network.   As a regional transportation funding source, the RTA’s voter-approved half-cent sales tax generates about $100 million a year on average for regional transportation improvements within Pima County.   You can see this regional approach in action and what … Read more

Watch: RTA Delivers bus pullouts

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The RTA Delivers. We’ve built 163 of the 200 bus pullouts promised in the 2006 plan. Bus pullouts allow transit vehicles to move out of the travel lanes while passengers board and alight. In areas where buses stop for long periods of time along major arterials, pullouts prevent buses from delaying traffic in the through … Read more

After 17 years, RTA still delivers

White construction cranes lift a metal bridge into place at the Stone Avenue underpass in Downtown Tucson.

It’s been nearly 17 years since voters in this community went to the polls and approved the Regional Transportation Authority plan and RTA sales tax. The 20-year, $2 billion plan, funded through the countywide half-cent sales tax, has brought improvements from one end of Pima County and the Tucson metro region to another. Whether it’s … Read more

Watch: RTA Delivers bike lanes

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Folks in our community love to ride bikes. Whether for transportation, exercise or just for fun, bicycles are a common sight on the regional roads and pathways. The RTA recognizes the fondness people have for riding and included the expansion of bike lanes and other safety improvements throughout the region as part of the voter-approved … Read more

Watch: RTA Delivers wildlife crossings

The 2006, voter-approved RTA plan included funding for wildlife crossing structures to enhance the safety for motorist and the unique animals of our Sonoran Desert region. The plan funds structures like enhanced culverts, wildlife overpasses and fencing to guide animals to safe crossings in order to avoid collisions with vehicles. These safety enhancements provide connectivity … Read more

22nd Street bridge project expected to begin in spring

The year was 1966, the United States increased its troop presence in Vietnam, Ronald Reagan was elected governor of California, The Beatles played their final concert, and the 22nd Street bridge over the railroad tracks opened. Clearly, the world has changed a lot since 1966. Among the changes are the transportation needs in the Tucson … Read more

Major roadway section of Downtown Links now open

Overpasses, underpasses, tunnels, pedestrian bridges, and four new travel lanes. This is Downtown Links, the $76 million roadway improvement project to provide a continuous route for traffic on State Route 210 between Broadway Boulevard and the Interstate 10 Frontage Road. “We’re here to celebrate a project 30 years in the making,” Tucson Department of Transportation … Read more

Long-awaited downtown bypass now open

Many years in the making, the downtown bypass from Broadway to Sixth Street has opened. Maclovio Barraza Parkway, part of the larger Downtown Links project, opened to vehicular traffic for the first time Feb. 17. Prior to the first cars traversing the new roadway and bridge, the Tucson Department of Transportation and Mobility (DTM) held … Read more