The following details outline transit service on Christmas, Thursday, December 25, 2014:
The City of Tucson Department of Transportation’s Park Tucson Division is modernizing its on-street parking program with the installation of new, solar-powered “smart” meters that accept credit, debit or smart (stored value) cards. The new smart meters, which also accept coins, will be wirelessly connected to a new smart-phone app-branded specifically for Tucson.
Tucson's Police Chief selected to serve on national task force
Plenty of parking available for tomorrow's Downton Parade of Lights
Tickets still available for beach boys concert at TCC
See video of what it's like to ride a camel at Reid Park Zoo
How to report transportation concerns
-Did You Know?
Mayor and Council clear way for new mixed-use hotel complex near University of Arizona
Tucson Police officers honored for saving lives in machete attack
Downtown Parade of Lights this weekend
Santa's coming to Tucson this weekend
Stay safe while driving this holiday season
Mayor and Council moves to next phase of proposed Ronstadt Center redevelopment
School Resource Officers heading to TUSD
Deadline extended to apply as a commission member to review and recommend salaries for Mayor and Council
Public comments sought on proposed elimination of Downtown Loop
'Zoo Lights' continues at Reid Park Zoo
This is one of the things I have been waiting for. Thank you, Park Tucson!
Park Tucson is pleased to announce the installation of the first 21 new smart parking meters that will provide improved customer service to our on-street parking guests. The new meters are solar-powered and accept credit, debit, and smart cards in addition to coins, and will soon be accessible for payment through a smart-phone mobile app.
You can get more information here.
City of Tucson and State of Arizona hold workshops on license and sales tax reporting
New parking meter installations continue
Have Coffee with a Cop tomorrow
Environmental mini grants available to schools to plant trees
'The Magic of Christmas' comes to TCC
Valve work on a water transmission main continues at 22nd Street at
Country Club Road.
From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., from Wednesday, December 17, through Friday,
December 19, eastbound 22nd St. just west of Country Club will have the
following traffic restrictions:
- eastbound left turn lane to northbound Country Club will be closed
- eastbound inside lane will be closed
Steel plates are temporarily installed to allow traffic in all lanes
during hours when work is not taking place. There is no interruption of
water service to customers.
PUBLIC COMMENTS SOUGHT ON PROPOSED ELIMINATION OF DOWNTOWN LOOP - The City of Tucson and Sun Tran are seeking the public’s feedback on a proposal to eliminate the Downtown Loop, a free transit service in the downtown area that provides access to community services, government offices, courts, educational facilities and area businesses. With the opening of the Sun Link Tucson Streetcar, the Downtown Loop has become a duplicate service. Many of the Downtown Loop’s major stops are within walking distance of Sun Link or existing Sun Tran service. Representatives from Sun Tran will be available at public open house events to answer questions and concerns regarding the proposed service change. Two open houses will be held tomorrow. The first runs from 10-11:30 A.M. at Woods Memorial Library, 3455 N. 1st Ave. The second will be from 5 – 6:30 p.m. at El Pueblo Activity Center, 101 W. Irvington Road. For a list of other sessions, please visit the link below. A public hearing will be held on Jan. 6 and Mayor and Council Chambers, 255 W. Alameda St. Read the news release.
TRAFFIC ADVISORY: WATER MAIN WORK AT 22ND STREET AND COUNTRY CLUB ROAD - Valve work on a water transmission main continues this week at 22nd Street at Country Club Road. The work will occur Wednesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the eastbound left turn lane to northbound Country Club will be closed, as will the eastbound inside lane. Temporary steel plates are installed to allow traffic in all lanes during hours when work is not taking place. There will be no interruption of water service to customers, but motorists should be prepared for traffic delays. Read the news release.
SYNCHRONIZING TRAFFIC SIGNALS IS COMPLICATED - The number of green or red lights a driver encounters on any given stretch of road is part of an equation including vehicle speed, traffic levels and pedestrian crossings. The earliest attempts to synchronize the lights were in the early 1980s, when signals were controlled by a central computer. Today, each signal has its own separate control box nearby, and the software has a variety of traffic patterns programmed for different times of the day. For example, westbound routes toward the city center are favored during the morning commute, and the opposite is true for the early evening. Cameras on top of the traffic signals sense how many cars are waiting in a given lane. If there's no cross traffic, a light will stay green in the opposite direction for a longer period of time. The City of Tucson hopes to improve the system via data collection and collaboration with the Pima Association of Governments and the UA Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.
ANOTHER BABY AT REID PARK ZOO - The next time you visit Reid Park Zoo, you may see "Cranberry," a male flamingo chick hatched just before Thanksgiving. He joins older sister Alice (hatched in October) as the youngest members of the Zoo's flock. You can see a photo of the hatchling at the Zoo's Facebook page. If you decide to visit the Zoo this month, you could help break the all-time attendance record, last set in 2012. The newly-hatched flamingos join baby elephant Nandi as must-sees at the Zoo.
JOIN A NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION TO IMPROVE YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD - Meet your neighbors and make a difference in your neighborhood by joining or forming a neighborhood association. In this archived Tucson 12 video, learn how some residents of Midvale Park came together for a common cause.
(Info will also be provided at the open houses about all the service changes coming in February)
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RTA BOARD ENDORSES CITY'S RECOMMENDATION TO WIDEN BROADWAY TO SIX LANES - The Regional Transportation Authority Board (RTA) yesterday approved $1.5 million in funding for the City of Tucson to proceed with the roadway corridor design to widen Broadway Boulevard from four to six lanes, from Euclid Avenue to Country Club. The design will include bus pullouts, bike lanes and sidewalks. The RTA plan allocates $42,120,000 to the Broadway project. Another $26,222,000 will come from regional funds, including $25 million from 1997 Pima County Transportation Bonds, and $3 million from the City of Tucson via already-collected impact fees. The estimated cost to complete the design and final alignment of the corridor, including right-of-way research and estimating, is $2.5 million. The City of Tucson is contributing $1 million to complement the RTA's $1.5 million. Read the news release.
PLENTY OF DOWNTOWN PARKING FOR 2nd SATURDAYS AND 4th AVENUE STREET FAIR - Depending on the weather, this weekend will be busy in the downtown area and along 4th Avenue, but there are plenty of places to park. The Centro, Depot Plaza and Pennington Street garages all are within walking distance of the Sun Link Tucson Streetcar. The Fourth Avenue Merchants Association is no longer running free shuttles from the Main Gate and Pennington Street garages to the fair, due to the existence of the streetcar. The 4th Avenue Winter Street Fair is open from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. today through Sunday, and 2nd Saturdays Downtown begins tomorrow with gallery shows at 9 a.m. Live entertainment has been canceled at the main stage due to the rainy weather forecast, but some performers and vendors may be at the Ronstadt Center if it doesn't rain. Visit @2ndSatTucson on Twitter for updates.
PUBLIC MEETINGS CONTINUE FOR INPUT ON POSSIBLE CHARTER CHANGES - Tucson's Charter Review Committee is asking for public comments as it reviews and makes recommendations about possible amendments to sections of the Tucson City Charter. A public meeting will be held Monday at 4 p.m. at City Hall (255 W. Alameda, 1st floor). Potential amendments to the City Charter may be on the Nov. 3, 2015 City ballot. All comments should be made via email to the City Clerk’s Office, firstname.lastname@example.org.
HOW TO KEEP YOUR REAL CHRISTMAS TREE FROM DRYING OUT OVER THE HOLIDAYS - Real Christmas trees bring the holiday spirit to life for many, but they start to dry out as soon as you take them home. Tucson Fire Captain Barrett Baker has a few safety tips to keep your holiday from going up in smoke, such as keeping your tree away from heat sources and candles.
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The Regional Transportation Authority Board today approved $1.5 million in funding for the
City of Tucson to proceed with the roadway corridor design to widen Broadway Boulevard,
from Euclid Avenue to Country Club Road, from four travel lanes to six lanes, with bus
pullouts, bike lanes and sidewalks.