Public Open Houses

As a part of the City’s outreach campaign, the team sought the public’s input to improve Tucson’s transportation future. Three public open houses have been held along with displays at multiple transportation related public open houses, to present study background, transit technologies and alignments and the progression of the study effort. Area residents, property owners and business representatives were encouraged to attend. Open houses were opportunities to meet and talk with the people investigating and recommending alternative transit solutions for the city of Tucson. The team welcomed ideas, views and the opportunity to answer any questions or concerns.

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Media Coverage

Tucson Modern Streetcar

  • Steering The Streetcar with Shellie Ginn
  • November, 2008 – Downtown Tucsonan
  • City: Trolley tracks to be done by March
  • January 30, 2008 – Tucson Citizen
  • A red-brick solution
  • Student housing and other facilities may be good fit for downtown
  • September 7, 2007 – Tucson Citizen
  • U.S. road guru likes Tucson’s approach
  • April 27, 2007 – Tucson Citizen
  • Tucson on right track, U.S. transport chief says
  • April 27, 2007 – Arizona Daily Star
  • Some find streetcar desirable, even at $25M a mile
  • March 22, 2007 – Tucson Citizen

Other Streetcars

  • Transit agency launches website touting streetcar potential
  • December 20, 2007 – Rapid Growth
  • Photo of Seattle streetcar inaugural ride
  • December 12, 2007 – Flickr.com
  • Video of Seattle streetcar inaugural ride
  • December 12, 2007 – The Seattle Times
  • Streetcars work for Portland
  • December 11, 2007 – The Enquirer
  • Task force offers a new approach to light-rail plan
  • November 5, 2007 – The Kansas City Star
  • Streetcar Proposal: Now with 100% more OSU
  • October 29, 2007 – Columbus Underground
  • Grand Rapids, MI Reacts to Streetcar Idea
  • October 29, 2007 – Great Lakes Guy
  • Relic may be rolling again
  • Streetcar plan gains speed as cities see practical charm
  • October 29, 2007 – The Sacramento Bee
  • Seeking a consensus for a workable light-rail plan
  • October 27, 2007 – The Kansas City Star
  • IA solution for city’s public transit
  • October 14, 2007 – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • South Lake Union : Rapidly changing neighborhood
  • unrolls the welcome mat for cool
  • October 6, 2007 – Seattle Times
  • Streetcar could see rebirth in Tempe, stir downtown business
  • July 26, 2007 – The Arizona Republic
  • Urban transit system would be boost for Milwaukee
  • July 20, 2007 – Small Business Times
  • Downtown Should Bring Back the Streetcar
  • July 16, 2007 – Los Angeles Downtown News
  • Vintage Streetcars Deliver Economic Development in San Francisco
  • June 22, 2007 – Telstar Logistics
  • Streetcar talk moves city in right direction
  • June 21, 2007 – The News Tribune
  • Streetcar Feasibility Study
  • May 7, 2007 – …The Central City Opinion
  • Cities rediscover allure of streetcars
  • January 8, 2007 – USA Today

On-Board Survey

As part of the Phase I Alternatives Analysis study, an on-board survey was conducted by 1 to 1 Direct Data Collection and Teleservices, from October 14, 2005 through October 29, 2005, on Sun Tran, Cat Tran, and TICET buses. 1 to 1 Direct’s surveyors were identified by name badges and were stationed on the buses and transit centers.

Every rider’s opinion counted so surveyors distributed questionnaires to each passenger. Passengers were requested to answer the questionnaire during their trip. Return drop boxes were placed at bus exits but if passengers were unable to complete their questionnaire while on the bus, postage was provided for later mailing.

The purpose of the questionnaire was to obtain a statistically significant number of observations on all transit service providers related to rider travel characteristics to help explain why people ride transit in the study area. Questions about the trip purpose, travel time period, mode of access and socio-economic indicators were designed to obtain data to be used to determine passenger’s riding habits, patterns and linkages between the university campus and the community as well as provide the bus services with knowledge of patrons desires for future operations.

Tucsonans recognized the importance of the survey and showed their support for this process with a high response rate. Because of the outstanding results, Tucson is being recognized by the FTA as the leader in Origin Destination surveys.

At every level of evaluation, the survey results exceeded expectations. A goal of 2,875 valid surveys was set based on the expected response rate of 18% for most routes. Upon completion, a total of 5,197 valid surveys were completed, and the actual overall response rate was 27% of all surveyed riders. The high response rate means the survey’s statistical accuracy exceeded the original goal. Overall, the results of the survey are accurate at a 95% confidence level with a +/- 1.4% margin of error, which is very high considering that Tucson transit has a very high transfer rate.

The survey revealed that, in some areas, Tucsonans differ in their transit habits when compared to riders in other cities. For example, they walk further to transit boarding and deboarding points, and they tend to rely more on monthly bus passes. However, gender results (the percentage of riders who are men versus women) and income levels among Tucson transit riders are typical when compared to riders in other cities.

This survey provided information that was critical to updating the travel forecasting model and was used in the Tier II evaluation portion of the study.