Show me the money: How the RTA plan is funded

The Regional Transportation Authority’s 20-year regional transportation plan is funded by a voter-approved, half-cent transaction privilege (sales) tax. The state Legislature created the RTA special taxing district within Pima County in 2004 to fund transportation improvements. Regardless of where you live in Pima County, you probably contribute to the RTA tax. That’s because most retail … Read more

RTA plan delivers hundreds of miles of new sidewalks

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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 … Read more

Assistance program helps businesses cope with impacts of roadway projects

The voter-approved Regional Transportation Authority plan promises $2 billion in transportation system improvements. Inevitably, though, major roadway construction projects are accompanied by major disruptions for nearby businesses. The MainStreet Business Assistance Program is a complimentary service funded by the Regional Transportation Authority plan to help business owners establish survival strategies to manage disruptions before and … Read more

New transit routes and schedules take effect this month

Adjustments to the Sun Shuttle neighborhood transit service are coming later this month. The changes will cover primarily schedule and time-point stops. In addition, new service routes have been added. Sun Shuttle service changes are listed below. Find all recent transit service changes and updated transit brochures here. Sun Shuttle changes go into effect August … Read more

RTA funds transit services people depend on

The regional transit system provides millions of rides to tens of thousands of people each year. Many of the transit services people in the community rely upon are funded by the Regional Transportation Authority sales tax. In total, the RTA plan will contribute more than $530 million to transit infrastructure and services during the life … Read more

Stakeholders share their support for RTA Next plan development

Several organizations in the Tucson metropolitan area have submitted their resolutions of support to the Regional Transportation Authority for the development of the next RTA regional transportation plan. A citizens’ advisory committee is in the process of developing a draft 20-year plan to recommend to the RTA Board by July 1. Upon RTA Board review, … Read more

Sunset Road connection project gearing up

Another major Regional Transportation Authority-funded roadway corridor project is in the early stages of dirt flying. While preliminary work on Sunset Road, Silverbell Road to River Road, has been in progress for some time, the real work is set to begin on part of RTA ballot Project No. 8. “This is a complicated project that requires … Read more

Keep up with RTA projects and finances

The RTA regularly provides updates on financial standing and project status. Want to know how many bus pullouts the plan funded? Interested in how many miles of bike lanes have been built? Or maybe you want to know about roadway corridor projects completed? Find answers to these and more questions. Read all our reports … Read more

RTA plan prioritizes wildlife protections

The voter-approved Regional Transportation Authority plan is about more than roads, bridges, and bike lanes. Among the many aspects of the RTA plan is a responsibility for the stewardship of nature where our projects intersect with the Sonoran Desert wildlife habitat. “We’re a part of the community and we want our work to reflect community … Read more