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Developing a new RTA plan

A 35-member citizens advisory committee, appointed by the Regional Transportation Authority board, is charged with drafting a new 20-year regional transportation plan that, once approved, will seamlessly transition from the existing voter-approved RTA plan to the new plan. The current plan expires in June 2026.

Since May 2018, the committee has received information about the current transportation funding environment and growing regional transportation needs. The committee has drafted guiding principles to consider when they start to develop the new plan in mid-2020. The guiding principles will be finalized after the committee receives both stakeholder and public input.

Development of a new regional transportation plan will fulfill the RTA’s legal duty to prepare and adopt a regional plan that is funded by the RTA’s excise (sales) tax. Currently, the tax is collected in the RTA’s state-established special taxing district within Pima County.

This citizen-driven planning effort will carry forward the vision for the region’s transportation system that was established through the collaborative development of the 2006 voter-approved plan. The RTA’s goal is to provide a safe, reliable and efficient regional transportation system that protects and enhances the quality of life for the citizens of the growing region now and in the future.

The RTA promotes regional cooperation on transportation issues that extend beyond any one jurisdiction’s boundaries. By working together, local governments can deal effectively to solve issues associated with traffic congestion, air quality and access to jobs across the region.

The future RTA plan will be developed using an outcome-based approach to achieve the highest levels of transportation system safety performance.

Once a draft plan is developed by the citizens committee and vetted through extensive public input, an election date will be set when the final draft is approved by the RTA board.


Transportation Insights

  • Investment in the region’s transportation system leads to enhanced regional mobility, safety and reliability to make each of our communities a better place to live
  • A continuation of the RTA excise (sales) tax would help meet the transportation demands of our growing communities and leverage other resources
  • The RTA excise (sales) tax provides the most flexible transportation funding solution
  • Current RTA revenues represent the greatest annual average transportation funding source for our region to supplement stagnant state and federal resources


RTA Plan Development Timeline

  • May 2018 – Established a new 35-member RTA Citizens Advisory Committee
  • May 2018 to June 2020 – Establish plan priorities
  • July 2020 to Date TBD – Development of new 20-year RTA plan
  • Fall 2019 through election (Date TBD) – Public input for plan development and eventual draft plan refinement
  • TBD – Draft plan review/final approval by RTA Board
  • TBD – Call for election