The Regional Transportation Authority established a citizens’ advisory committee (CAC) in May 2018 to assist in developing the next RTA plan. As part of the RTA Next planning process, the CAC is meeting to understand how the current plan was developed and gather the information they will need to consider when they start drafting a new plan. The CAC has started a review of the initial project lists submitted by members of the RTA Technical Management Committee for plan consideration.
To educate the public on the current RTA plan and the RTA Next plan development process, the RTA has given presentations to more than 4,000 people in the region. In addition, more than 3,100 people participated in a survey in November and December 2019 to provide feedback on guiding principles and goals drafted by the CAC. Over 85% of the survey participants expressed agreement or strong agreement on the goals of improving the conditions of existing roadways, providing efficient crosstown mobility, reducing congestion, and reducing crashes at intersections.
The original RTA plan, which voters approved in May 2006, will be implemented through June 2026. The next RTA plan would be funded by an extension of the RTA’s excise (sales) tax. Both the new RTA plan and tax would need approval by Pima County voters in a future election.
A new RTA plan will need voter approval before June 2026 to allow for a seamless transition from one plan to the next. Once the CAC drafts the plan, the RTA will conduct an extensive public participation process to seek input before a final draft is presented to the RTA Board. Public participation opportunities will be through online surveys, open houses, stakeholder sessions, public meetings or other virtual opportunities.
A future election will be set once the draft plan is approved by the RTA Board.
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