While PAG was updating the region’s long-range transportation plan (i.e. 2040 RTP), the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) was engaged in its own long-range planning process. A significant phase in ADOT’s planning has been the “Building a Quality Arizona” (bqAZ) effort in which they have conducted statewide transportation framework studies with a 40-year planning horizon.
The bqAZ effort has gathered input from around the state on future transportation projects and funding sources with an eye on planning how all the regions within Arizona connect and how citizens travel throughout the state.
In early 2009, PAG began working with the 2040 Regional Transportation Plan Task Force to identify projects and programs for ADOT’s bqAZ plan. During the Working Group meetings, the group consistently returned to certain issues and challenges that it deemed critical for ADOT to address in its long-term planning process for Pima County.
Many of these challenges centered on the enormous growth that is projected to occur throughout the Sun Corridor and the process that would be used to address the growth at the regional and state level. The following map and policy recommendations detail PAG’s vision for growth and transportation over the next 40 years.
ADOT is now using the bqAZ plan ot help guide the development of the long-range statewide transportation plan, What Moves You Arizona