Pima Association of Governments forms partnerships when there is an opportunity to improve quality of life and the economic vitality of the region, whether that is through expanded transportation improvements or advancing innovative improvements that make the region more attractive for economic development possibilities that lead to new job creation.
Regional Transportation Authority
The Regional Transportation Authority is a state-established political subdivision within Pima County, Arizona, since 2004 and is the fiscal manager of the RTA’s 20-year, voter-approved regional transportation plan. The plan is funded by a half-cent excise (sales) tax, also approved by voters in 2006. The plan and tax are effective through June 2026. The RTA, which is managed by Pima Association of Governments through a memorandum of understanding, oversees delivery of roadway, transit, bicycle, pedestrian, signal technology and other transportation system improvements across the greater Tucson region.
Local, state and tribal leaders, who serve on the RTA Board as well as the PAG Regional Council, are working together to improve the region’s livability by delivering a quality system for all users. The RTA Board has established a citizens’ advisory committee to draft a new regional transportation plan for public consideration in the near future.
Regional Partnering Center
The Regional Partnering Center (RPC), a 501(c)(3), was established by the PAG Regional Council in 2014, to advance policies, practices and solutions to regional planning, environmental and energy challenges in Pima County through research and educational outreach with the goal of developing programs for their solution or management.
The RPC launched a Smart Region Southern Arizona initiative to create a place where people discover unlimited opportunity to achieve economic wellbeing. Six key areas of focus include: shared regional vision, advanced communications infrastructure, modernized transportation system, resilience of infrastructure, strategic talent alignment and water reliability.
In support of RPC’s initiative, Pima Association of Governments recently conducted a Regional Assessment of Advanced Communications Infrastructure to evaluate current broadband offerings, understand current uses and limits and identify opportunities for expansion of the infrastructure to enable economic development and regional growth using broadband.
Also working through a memorandum of understanding with Pima Association of Governments, the RPC established the Sabino Canyon Crawler electric shuttle system in the Sabino Canyon Recreation Area. Tucson Electric Power provided capital investment for the electric shuttles and electric utility work related to the infrastructure improvements to operate and maintain the electric vehicle system. The RPC has a permit through the U.S. Forest Service to operate the Sabino Canyon Crawler service. The RPC contracts with Total Ride to operate the vehicles.