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2040 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP)

  1. 2040 RTP
  2. 2040 RTP Appendices
  3. 2040 RTP Maps
  4. 2040 RTP Public Participation
  5. 2040 RTP Vision and Goals
  6. 2040 RTP Fact Sheets
  7. PAG High Capacity Transit Plan
  8. 2030 RTP
  9. Building a Quality Arizona (bqAZ)

PAG's Regional Transportation Plan looks at transportation and funding needs today and 20 to 30 years into the future, identifying transportation solutions and financial strategies. It guides the investment of regional transportation resources in the region’s roadway, bus, pedestrian, bicycle, aviation, freight and rail facilities. The RTP, updated to the Regional Mobility and Accessibity Plan or RMAP in 2016, is developed according to regional planning principles and federal guidelines requiring that the RTP:

  • demonstrate financial feasibility
  • meet federal air quality requirements
  • maintain a horizon year of at least 20 years into the future
  • be updated at least every four years

The first such long-range plan for the PAG region was completed in 1981 and was subsequently amended or updated in 1986, 1992, 1993, 1998, 2001, 2004 and 2010. These updates usually include new demographic data and respond to changes in the region’s transportation system needs and resources.

The current 2040 RTP included updated growth projections, adjusted proposed project costs, revised expected revenues, and broad public participation in the planning process. PAG is in the process of updating the long-range 2045 RMAP. PAG also uses corridor and other studies as needed to gather more details that will help inform plan development.

Long-range planning is guided by a vision statement and set of goals developed through extensive public involvement. Long-range plans are updated every four years to include new demographic data and to respond to changes in the region’s transportation system needs and resources. The long-range plan identifies the most efficient improvements to our transportation system so that we can build livable communities for ourselves and future generations.

2040 RTP

The 2040 Regional Transporation Plan was approved on March 29, 2012

On June 29, 2012 an update to the 2040 Regional Transportation Plan was approved, which added 5 new projects, altered 6 existing projects and corrected a few minor errors in maps and charts from the original document.

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2040 RTP Appendices

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2040 RTP Maps

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2040 RTP Public Participation

Public input is an important part of the development of the RTP.  The results of the first phase of public participation, which took place October 2008 through February 2009, are summarized below.

ThinkTank Stakeholder Sessions

As part of our initial public involvement phase, PAG held stakeholder "ThinkTank" sessions throughout December 2008 and January 2009 where participants provided input on values, needs and project ideas for the 2040 RTP. Over 265 participants took part in a ThinkTank session and PAG received over 7,000 comments.  ThinkTank is a group decision-making software that allows participants to provide immediate and anonymous input using laptop computers.

Participants joined us for a two-hour session where they were asked to:

  • Comment on PAG’s transportation vision and goals for the region
  • Evaluate project ideas and transportation financing alternatives
  • Provide input on specific project improvements for our region and state

ThinkTank Data Analysis

The data that was collected from the ThinkTank sessions were compiled and analyzed.  This information is summarized in the following documents:

  1. Vision and Goals (300KB PDF)
  2. Policies and Solutions (145KB PDF)
  3. Financing Transportation (105KB PDF)
  4. Building a Quality Arizona (bqAZ) (7.8MB PDF)
  5. Projects and programs (161KB PDF)

Public Open Houses

In addition to the ThinkTank sessions, PAG held four Open Houses to solicit additional input into the long range plan.  The Open Houses were held March 18 24, 2009 at the following locations.

  • Joyner Green Valley Public, Green Valley
  • Randolph Clubhouse at Reid Park, Central Tucson
  • Foothills Mall, Northwest Tucson
  • Desert Sky Middle School, East Tucson

At the Open Houses, PAG and jurisdiction staff were available to talk with the public, listen, and answer any questions that arose.  There were many display boards showing various aspects of the plan.  The individuals who attended the open houses were encouraged to fill out and submit aRTP Comment Form.  Over 100 participants attended the open houses and PAG received 29 comment forms.  The comments from the forms are summarized in the following document:

The input from the ThinkTank sessions and first round of open houses helped the task force develop the vision and goals, project list and implementation strategies.

Second Round of Open Houses

Toward the end of the planning process, PAG held a second round of open houses to share the 2040 RTP project lists and implementation strategies with the public and receive their feedback. The three open houses were held in March 2010 in the same locations above, expect for the East Tucson location which had poor attendance in 2009. The open houses gave the public an additional opportunity to learn how PAG plans for the region’s transportation future and to provide input on the 2040 RTP. Approximately 80 people attended the open houses.

For both rounds of open houses, a press release was sent to the media and to e-mail distribution lists to announce the open houses and the public comment period

Final phase of public participation

A public notice was published to encourage public comment on the final draft, and a public hearing was held on July 1, 2010, at the PAG Regional Council meeting. 

Additionally, PAG received 99 comment forms during the final 30-day public comment period.

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2040 RTP Vision and Goals

In late 2006, the population of the PAG region reached the 1 million mark. This is a testament to the many factors that make the Tucson area a great place to live. However, together we can make this an even better place to live, improving the quality of life through thoughtful transportation planning. The 2040 RTP Task Force reviewed the extensive public comments to develop the following vision and goals that reflect the diversity of our region.

Recommended 2040 RTP Vision and Goals
The 2040 RTP envisions a premier, energy-efficient, and environmentally responsible regional transportation system that is interconnected, multi-modal, technologically advanced and integrated with sustainable land use patterns.

Goals for the System:


Multi-Modal Expansion

A balanced network of expanding alternative mobility choices to meet rail, highway, transit, roadway, bicycle and pedestrian mobility needs.

Integrated Transportation Choices

A user-friendly transportation network that integrates modes within the region, connects to facilities outside the region and optimizes mobility for people and goods.

Sustainable Land Use

Vibrant, sustainable communities that link transportation and land use.

Economic Sustainability

A healthy growing economy well-served by the transportation network.


Safety and security for all transportation users across the region.

Environmental Stewardship

Environmental stewardship, natural resource protection and energy efficiency in transportation planning, design, construction and management.


Transportation options and access for all users including youth, elderly, low-income, and individuals with disabilities.

System Performance

Unobstructed mobility through efficient system operations.


How We Get There:


Public Input

Continued outreach and involvement of all users in transportation decision-making.

Advanced Technologies

State-of-the-art, cost-effective delivery of transportation services and facilities.

Funding and Implementation

Revenue sources and strategies that ensure ample funding and timely project development.


Continued transparency, responsiveness and coordination to meet transportation needs throughout the region.

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2040 RTP Fact Sheets

The following fact sheets were developed to provide a better understanding of how a wide variety of planning topics, such as air quality, transit and safety, fit into transportation planning and the network of the transportation facilities in the region. Each of the following topics will be addressed in the 2040 RTP. 

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PAG High Capacity Transit Plan

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2030 RTP

The 2030 RTP is the region's prior long-range transportation plan. It has been replaced by the 2040 RTP adopted by the PAG Regional Council on July 1, 2010.

The 2030 Regional Transportation Plan, known as the 2030 RTP, is a long-range vision of transportation needs in the Pima County region and was adopted by the Pima Association of Governments’ Regional Council on June 29, 2005. The plan addresses challenges created by existing needs and future growth. The 2030 RTP is a planning document but it does not commit finances for specific projects.
2030 Plan Development
A task force comprised of representatives from each of PAG’s member jurisdictions, as well as public representatives from the region, was convened on April 2, 2001, to provide oversight and guidance to the development of the 2030 RTP. Key participants included neighborhood associations, business and environmental communities, senior citizen groups, public safety agencies, aviation and freight interests as well as interested citizens.
2030 RTP Components
The 2030 RTP includes regional transportation studies, programs, construction projects and other activities such as transit operations.

  • Studies help to develop new programs or provide greater detail about future construction projects.
  • Programs are usually activities that are ongoing and provide services or information, collect critical planning data, or fund operational costs for transportation systems.
  • Construction projects are the most familiar type of project activity and include building new facilities and repairing, replacing or retrofitting existing infrastructure.

Some of the ideas for projects were identified to be beyond the priorities within the 2030 timeframe and others were determined to be beyond available or potential funding sources.

Informational Fact Sheets and Newsletters

Transit Element of the 2030 RTP

  • Phase I: Inventory and Analysis of Transit Services and Facilities ( 740Kb PDF ) was completed in April 2003. This technical memorandum provides an inventory of existing transit services and facilities in the Tucson region. It identifies major features and recent trends relating to transit service development while providing a context for potential recommendations.
  • Phase II: Identifying Future Transit Growth Markets ( 4,828Kb PDF ) was completed in June 2003. This technical memorandum identifies areas in the region that exhibit potential for transit service growth. These areas include major corridors that are expected to experience significant transit demand over the next 25 years.
  • Phase III: Recommended Transit Service and Facility Improvements ( 3,123Kb PDF ) was completed in September 2003. This technical memorandum identifies recommended transit improvements, services, facilities, and supporting actions that will meet mobility needs of the region. Recommendations are provided within the framework of three potential alternatives.

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Building a Quality Arizona (bqAZ)

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.

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