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project selection part of transportation open house discussions in March

Pima Association of Governments will hold three transportation open houses in March where the public can learn about transportatiPAG-New-logo-1lineon spending, comment on project selection and criteria, and share insights on transportation needs in the region.

The public is invited to provide feedback on PAG’s short-range transportation improvement program. The TIP includes projects to be scheduled for construction or design during FY 2016-20 across the greater Tucson region. The value of programmed improvements identified within the 5-year TIP is approximately $1.1 billion.

The open houses are scheduled as follows:

Tuesday, March 10, 4 to 6:30 p.m.
Foothills Mall
7401 N. La Cholla Blvd., Tucson

Wednesday, March 11, 4 to 6:30 p.m.
Randolph Clubhouse
600 S. Alvernon Way, Tucson

Thursday, March 12, 2 to 4 p.m.
Joyner-Green Valley Library
601 N. La Cañada Drive, Green Valley

Representatives of PAG member jurisdictions, Sun Tran and the Regional Transportation Authority will be available to answer questions.

The proposed improvements are part of PAG’s federally mandated capital improvement program. A subcommittee made up of PAG’s jurisdictional members updates the TIP annually.
The TIP identifies priorities for federal, state and local roadways, transit or bus services, aviation projects, and programs such as ride sharing, vanpooling, or bicycle and pedestrian safety programs and projects.
Major projects in the FY 2016-20 TIP, including new and continuing projects, are:

Hughes Access Road relocation
Kolb Road Connection to Sabino Canyon
Widening of Cortaro Farms Road between Camino de Oeste and Thornydale Road
New or reconstructed traffic interchanges on Interstate 10 at Country Club, Ina, Ruthrauff and Houghton roads, and on I-19 at Ajo Way.

The TIP includes projects funded through the Regional Transportation Authority plan, which Pima County voters approved on May 16, 2006. The $2.1 billion RTA plan will be implemented through 2026.

The draft TIP document will be available for review online at www.PAGregion.com, and at several locations, starting March 10, as follows:

Pima Association of Governments, 1 E. Broadway Blvd., Suite 401, Tucson
City engineer’s offices for the cities of Tucson and South Tucson, and for the towns of Marana, Oro Valley and Sahuarita.
Pima County Department of Transportation Administrative Offices at 201 N. Stone Ave., 4th floor
Tribal offices of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe, Tohono O’odham Nation, and the San Xavier District.

The TIP is scheduled to be presented to PAG’s Regional Council for final review and approval at its May 28 meeting.

Note: The Meeting Rooms are accessible to persons with handicaps. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), those requiring special assistance, such as large typeface print, sign language or other reasonable accommodations, may request those through the administrative offices at: 1 E. Broadway Blvd., Suite 401, Tucson, AZ 85701, (520) 792-1093, at least 24 hours before the meeting. Si necesita ayuda con traducción, llame por favor al 792-1093 y comuníquese con Nathan Barrett.
Pima Association of Governments is an association of local, state and tribal governments with a mission to build consensus among its members and the public on regional planning for transportation, energy, watershed and air quality. PAG’s staff gather and analyze data, provide accurate information, and coordinate an open and cooperative planning process to promote good decision-making for the region. Please visit www.PAGregion.com for more information or www.facebook.com/PAGregion