This new fixed guideway BRT project is along a major 15-mile north-south regional corridor and furthers the region's goal to enhance livability by improving regional mobility and sustainability, as established by the Metropolitan Planning Organization, Pima Association of Governments (PAG). The proposed route runs through areas of our city that have been historically under-invested, with a particularly high concentration of low-income communities of color and mobility-vulnerable residents that face the greatest transportation barriers due to age, poverty, disability, lack of vehicle access, and other factors.
The proposed BRT corridor garnered support as a priority project through the Move Tucson longe-range mobility master plan public engagement process, and is composed of two regional HCT corridors, Oracle Road and S. 6th Avenue. Stations will be spaced half a mile to one mile apart, allowing access to the following major destinations:
- All three of Tucson’s regional transit centers, the Amtrak Station, and the Tucson International Airport;
- Sun Link Streetcar’s 4-mile fixed route loop, connecting The University of Arizona on the east, Downtown Tucson business and entertainment districts, and the Mercado District and businesses on the west;
- Pima Community College (PCC) and The University of Arizona downtown campuses;
- City of South Tucson central municipal complex and library;
- Southern Arizona’s regional VA Hospital;
- Tucson Rodeo Grounds; and,
- Tucson Mall.
Supporting this Regional North-South BRT Project will in turn support significant numbers of people and employers:
- Approximately 126,200 live within the project area;
- Approximately 15% of the population served in the public transit system's overall service area is within this project corridor;
- 15 business clusters exist along the route, representing key industries of Health Care, Finance, Manufacturing, Warehouse/Distribution, Aerospace, and Information Technology;
- 2,430 employers that employ 57,000 people, 1,900 of which are small businesses that have less than 20 employees; and,
- 17 Federal Opportunity Zones