PAG completes Federal Certification Review

Every four years, Pima Association of Governments is required to complete a federal certification review. This review allows PAG to share with its federal and state partners the important work we do in alignment with the contract requirements they have delegated to PAG as a metropolitan planning organization (MPO).

Topics covered in the review included an update on PAG’s long-range regional transportation plan, called the Regional Mobility and Accessibility Plan. As a federally required MPO, PAG must update the RMAP every four years to secure federal transportation funding annually for the PAG planning area, which is the greater Tucson area. PAG also shared activity-based traffic modeling and transportation performance measures related to the plan update process.

Other PAG work shared included development of a new web portal to better manage Regional Transportation Authority and RTA Next projects, and new automation built into PAG’s Travel Reduction Program annual employer survey for improved management efficiencies. The TRP supports employers who encourage employees to use alternative modes of transportation to reduce congestion and help keep our air clean.

Updates on our air quality, public involvement process including virtual activities, efforts on the development of the next Regional Transportation Authority plan, congestion management process, legal regulations and requirements, and PAG’s Overall Work Program for the next two years capped off the review items discussed.

Initial feedback on PAG’s performance from federal and state partners on the day of the review was positive and PAG anticipates issuance of recertification soon. PAG staff continues to be committed to elevating our region in the areas of mobility, sustainability and livability.