Regional transportation planning starts with a vision. Pima Association of Governments’ Regional Council sets that vision through its Regional Mobility and Accessibility Plan, or RMAP. This federally required document looks out a minimum of 20 years to identify desired projects and anticipated funding, and it is updated every four years. The current 2045 RMAP was adopted by the PAG Regional Council in 2016. Plan recommendations were developed over a three-year period with nearly 3,000 people participating in the process.
Local governments can use the plan as they make decisions about transportation planning, land use, economic development and a range of other local issues to help fulfill the regional vision. The 2045 RMAP complements individual community visions and can be used as a supplementary tool to address transportation and mobility issues on a regional scale.
Projects identified in the long-range plan are considered bi-annually to be moved into PAG’s five-year financial plan, known as the transportation improvement program, or TIP. Projects in the 2045 RMAP become reality when they roll into the first year of the five-year program and project activities can begin. Voter-approved projects are federally required to be identified in the RMAP and are rolled into the five-year program, which is updated annually.
The long-range planning horizon for the RMAP allows PAG to consider both contemporary needs and future technologies and innovations. Every 10 years, the update respects and considers voter-approved local general plans that have been revised by the individual communities to capture changing data, conditions and priorities. The PAG Regional Council adopts minor revisions to the long-range plan as needed to maintain federal compliance and the region’s eligibility for funding. The long-range plan also sets safety and performance measures that move the region toward desired objectives and outcomes for its transportation system. Working together, PAG and its members can pool their resources to create and strengthen the region’s transportation infrastructure to support a viable economy and healthy transportation ecosystem.
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