Bringing Transit to the City Center

The study’s goals are to provide a sustainable transportation investment within the central core that is able to:

  • Connect major activity centers
  • Create economic development
  • Support population and employment growth
  • Improve transit service
  • Mitigate parking constraints

Locally Preferred Alternative

Modern streetcar was recommended as the locally preferred alternative (LPA) and received unanimous approval from the City of Tucson Mayor and Council in January 2006 and April 2007. Local funding for the modern streetcar project was approved as part of the successful Regional Transportation Authority Plan vote in Pima County in May 2006.

Project Timeline

The project is currently in Phase II, which includes the Environmental Assessment and Advanced Conceptual Engineering. The following is a brief summary of the project timeline:

Phase I

  • Alternatives Analysis (August 2004 – May 2006)
  • Locally Preferred Alternative (January 2006 and April 2007)

Phase II

  • Environmental Assessment (June 2007 – December 2007)
  • Advanced Conceptual Engineering (June 2007 – May 2008)

Phase III

  • Final Design and Construction (April 2008 – December 2011)
  • Operation (December 2011)