Transportation In Our Region

More than 1 million people live in the greater Tucson region, and though most of them have access to a vehicle, a variety of transportation options are available. In addition to developing transportation plans that help deliver a safe, reliable and efficient transportation system, Pima Association of Governments manages programs that help to reduce traffic congestion and support cleaner air. From mass transit options, ridesharing and other travel reduction efforts to newer transportation methods such as app-based ride hailing, electric and automated vehicles, our planning efforts look to the future of travel. Southern Arizona offers many transportation offerings, including air travel and railroad service.

Commuter Services and Mode Choices

One of the goals of Pima Association of Governments is to reduce single-occupancy vehicle miles traveled by offering transportation alternatives for daily commuters. PAG’s Sun Rideshare program offers an online database to help you find a carpool or vanpool partner and an online commute calculator to help identify cost savings you can achieve by trying other transportation options. Many alternative modes of travel offer benefits beyond cost savings, and PAG’s Travel Reduction Program works with businesses to find and support transportation options for their employees.

Transportation Planning

Transportation planning is one PAG’s chief priorities to meet federal requirements. Planning enables us to anticipate the region’s needs, develop a long-range transportation plan to secure funding to meet these needs, and, in some cases, help oversee the completion of projects. One of the most impactful plans includes the Regional Mobility and Accessibility Plan (RMAP), which identifies priority transportation projects for a 25-year period. The Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), which reflects five years of scheduled and funded projects, puts elements of the plan into action. PAG also incorporates transit, pedestrian, bicycle and freight in its long-range transportation planning efforts.

Transit Planning and Services

Pima Association of Governments conducts regional transit planning and coordinates with local jurisdictions, the Arizona Department of Transportation, the Federal Transit Administration and many private, nonprofit agencies to provide a regional network of transit services. Long-range transit planning is conducted as part of PAG’s Regional Mobility and Accessibility Plan, while individual transit agencies and municipalities conduct short-range planning. A variety of tools are available to help find rides on the multiple transit services available in the region.

Bicycle and Pedestrian Mobility

Through its planning efforts, Pima Association of Governments seeks to improve cycling and walking conditions for all users in the region through education and identification of funding sources to support infrastructure improvements. These improvements include new sidewalks, signalized pedestrian crossings, bike lanes and off-street paths. Learn more about the safety plans and explore a map of bike routes throughout the region.

Regional Transportation Funding

A variety of federal, state, regional and local funding sources are available to fund transportation projects and services in the region. A cornerstone of the local effort to plan and act regionally is the voter-approved, Regional Transportation Authority’s 20-year plan and countywide half-cent excise tax to fund regional improvements. Federal funding options can be used on surface transportation and safety projects. State taxes make up the Arizona Highway User Revenue Fund (HURF) and are distributed directly to cities, towns and counties and to the State Highway Fund. Learn more about how these transportation funding sources work

Transportation Safety

PAG develops tools for our member jurisdictions to use in safety analysis and planning. From state crash data to local analysis tools, our partners can spot trends and explore potential options for education or infrastructure changes.

Transportation Technology

From transportation behavior modeling to systems engineering, PAG uses technology to help improve transportation in the Pima County region. The organization focuses on two roles: helping identify funding for technology solutions, and helping develop technology to support transportation planning.