Utility relocation underway on East Grant Road

Moving utilities is an important part of all roadway corridor projects in the voter-approved Regional Transportation Plan. When a road is widened, access to electrical boxes that control traffic signals, manhole locations for sewer and water lines, plus underground gas lines and overhead power and telecommunications lines all must be evaluated.  After evaluation, access or … Read more

RTA status report – September 2021

RTA Project Status – Through July 31 Projects in design 57 Under construction/implementation 50 Total number completed 899 RTA Financial Status – Through July 31 Funds expended to date $1.4B The current RTA status report shows 899 projects have been completed. Of those, 17 major roadway corridor construction projects have been completed, and 11 additional … Read more

What can the RTA sales tax pay for?

The Regional Transportation Authority’s 20-year plan is a map for improving roads, transit and mobility for economic vitality in the Tucson region. It has raised hundreds of millions of dollars through a half-cent excise (sales) tax, and the money is carefully managed to ensure it’s only spent on eligible transportation projects. The term “eligible” is … Read more

Road work ahead: upcoming RTA projects

The Regional Transportation Authority’s partner jurisdictions are working hard to construct roadway improvements throughout the Tucson metro area, including major widening projects on Houghton Road; Ruthrauff Road and Interstate-10, and East Broadway Boulevard, plus construction of the new Downtown Links roadway to connect Barraza-Aviation Parkway with Interstate 10 through the downtown area. Behind the scenes, … Read more

We all rise as one

As the next RTA plan has been a frequent topic of conversation in the media, RTA Board Chair and South Tucson Mayor Bob Teso highlights the multi-step planning process underway for a new regional transportation plan. This in-depth planning process allows the public to have a say in prioritizing regional transportation needs to generate additional … Read more

RTA status report – June 2021

RTA Project Status – Through May 31 Projects in design 55 Under Construction/Implementation 46 Total Number Completed 895 RTA Financial Status – Through May 31 Collections $1.1B Funds Expended $1.3B Fund Balance $156M The RTA status report for June 2021 shows 895 projects have been completed. Of those, 17 major roadway corridor construction projects have … Read more

New RTA progress report available now

Ever wonder about the progress of the Regional Transportation Authority’s 20-year multimodal improvement plan? Check out the latest annual update in the new Our Mobility brochure. Each year, the update details project and funding status for the 20-year plan. This year, we’re looking back at 15 successful years of delivering roadway, transit, safety, environmental and … Read more

Understanding the RTA’s tax revenue

The Regional Transportation Authority projects are each at least partially funded by a transaction privilege tax, or sales tax, that voters approved for this purpose. The 0.5% tax is collected throughout Pima County on items subject to the tax. These categories include: Mining Utilities Communications Restaurants and bars Amusements Commercial leases Personal property rental (such … Read more

Downtown Links project update – April 2021

The 10-by-12-foot concrete box culverts installed underneath the new Downtown Links roadway surface will carry water to the Santa Cruz River and remove many downtown neighborhood properties from the floodplain. Downtown Links is one of 35 roadway corridor projects funded in the Regional Transportation Authority’s 20-year regional transportation plan approved by voters in 2006. Managed … Read more