June 18, 2021

Growing infrastructure in the Tucson metro and the RTA’s role

Voters approved the Regional Transportation Authority in 2006.

For Pima County commuters, dealing with road construction can seem like a way of life. The Regional Transportation Authority has had a role in numerous projects that have shaped how we get around the area. Voters approved its formation in 2006 and with it a half cent sales tax over 20 years to improve infrastructure across nine municipalities and tribes. It's managed by the Pima Association of Governments. As the board figures out its next steps, the city of Tucson is considering splintering off and launching its own plan. Leaders say the RTA’s next iteration needs to do a better job of meeting the city's needs and give it more representation in its decision making. To get some perspective on the RTA’s goals, we discussed them with UA urban planning professor Arlie Adkins.

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