Public Notice: Draft FY 2022-2026 Transportation Improvement Program

30-day Comment Period | Public Hearing

Pima Association of Governments (PAG), the federally designated metropolitan planning organization in Pima County, is accepting public comments on the proposed Transportation Improvement Program, or TIP, for fiscal years 2022-2026.

The draft TIP shows a proposed schedule of funded regional transportation projects for the next five years. The projects and funding must be consistent with PAG’s federally required long-range transportation plan, the Regional Mobility and Accessibility Plan. The 2045 RMAP Update was adopted by the PAG Regional Council in September 2020.

The TIP identifies priorities for national, state and regional roadways; transit or bus services; aviation, bike and pedestrian facilities; as well as eligible programs.

The TIP is updated every two years to identify new projects from the RMAP that are proposed by local and state governments and regional transportation providers for funding. The TIP provides a general description of the projects, their funding sources, the agency implementing each project and a general project schedule.

The goal of the TIP is to use available resources effectively to serve the region’s transportation needs through the cooperation of all PAG’s member jurisdictions.

The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) projects are also identified in the TIP, along with RTA funding, pursuant to state statutes. The RTA is a state-established political subdivision within Pima County that collects a half-cent excise (sales) tax from the RTA’s special taxing district to fund the RTA’s 20-year regional transportation plan. Pima County voters approved the plan and tax in May 2006.

A copy of the draft TIP is available for review at the following locations:

  • Pima Association of Governments, 1 E. Broadway Blvd., Suite 401, Tucson
  • City engineers’ 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
  • Tribal offices of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe, the Tohono O’odham Nation and the San Xavier District.

The draft TIP may be viewed online at all branches of the Pima County library system that have computers available for public use.

Additionally, maps have been prepared that show the proposed projects in the program for each fiscal year and highlight areas of Pima County with large concentrations of a specific race, ethnicity, or vulnerable population, and demonstrate how the distribution of transportation projects in the draft FY 2022-2026 TIP are equitable for each of those protected populations.

If you need translation assistance, please contact Nathan Barrett at (520) 792-1093. Si necesita ayuda con traducción, llame por favor al (520) 792-1093 y comuníquese con Nathan Barrett.

Public Comment Schedule

The 30-day public commen begins Monday, April 19, 2021. All written public comments on the proposed program must be received by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 18, 2021, which concludes the comment period.  Comments may be submitted via the online public comment form at PAGregion.com or at publiccomments@PAGregion.com.

Mailed comments should be sent to: Pima Association of Governments, 1 E. Broadway Blvd., Suite 401, Tucson, AZ 85701.

Public Hearing Schedule

A virtual public hearing for comments on the proposed TIP will be held at noon, May 27, 2021, prior to the PAG Regional Council virtual meeting. Interested members of the public should call PAG at (520) 792-1093 to confirm the Regional Council meeting date and time and to inform PAG of your interest in participating in the virtual public hearing.

This notice of public involvement activities and time established for public review and comments on the transit elements of the TIP will satisfy the Federal Transit Administration Program of Projects (POP) requirements.

For more information, call Carolyn Laurie, PAG Planning Coordinator, at (520) 792-1093.