The greater downtown area has seen substantial investment as a result of transit-oriented development tools. Through a combination of transportation investments, land use tools, and economic incentives, downtown has seen substantial growth in housing, jobs and businesses since the launch of the streetcar in 2014. The Infill Incentive District, the zoning tool that has facilitated much of the development in the greater downtown area, is up for renewal in January 2023.
DOWNTOWN ROAD CLOSURES
ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE AND DOWNTOWN EVENTS
On Saturday, March 12, 2022, several road closures will be in place for multiple events taking place in the Downtown area.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival – From 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., the following streets will be closed to motorists for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival:
TUGO BIKE SHARE ROLLS OUT NEW, EASIER PRICING
On Thursday, March 10, 2022, the City of Tucson Department of Transportation and Mobility (DTM), in partnership with Shift Transit, the longstanding Tugo Bike Share operating company, will introduce a new pricing model that makes it even easier to hop on a bike.
The City of Tucson Department of Transportation and Mobility (DTM) launches Tucson Norte-Sur: Investing in Resilient Communities + Transit, the equitable Transit-Oriented Development (eTOD) strategic planning project for a north-south corridor extending from the Tucson Mall/Tohono Tadai Transit Center to the north to Tucson International Airport to the south. The 15-mile corridor, includes Oracle Road on the north side of downtown and South Sixth Avenue on the south side of downtown.
Crews from VSS International, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation and Mobility (DTM), are continuing crack seal work on various roadway segments throughout the City. The roadway improvements are associated with the voter-approved Prop 101 Tucson Delivers Better Streets Program.
During the two-month-long crack seal roadway improvement project, work hours will be from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. The dates and locations where the improvements will take place in these next two weeks of the program are:
VICTORY FOR CHERRYBELL!
U.S. SENATE PASSES POSTAL REFORM BILL
The U.S. Senate today voted 79-19 for final approval of the Postal Reform Act of 2022.
The Postal Reform Act:
Eliminates the requirement that the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) pre-fund retiree health benefits for 75 years. Eliminating the pre-funding requirement will help shore up USPS finances and provide greater stability for the postal service and keep processing centers like Cherrybell open and running.
Shifts most medical costs for postal service retirees to Medicare.
PDSD staff presented a proposed commercial parking code amendment at a Planning Commission public hearing on Wednesday, March 2, 2022. The code amendment would require EV charging as part of new commercial parking lots, and expand eligibility for the Individual Parking Plan to restaurants and bars as well as affordable housing.
After hearing public testimony and reviewing public comments, Planning Commission voted 8-0 to recommend the Commercial Parking Unified Development Code (UDC) amendment to Mayor and Council, with the following additional considerations:
TRAFFIC SIGNAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECT
22ND STREET AND CRAYCROFT ROAD INTERSECTION
On Wednesday, March 9, 2022, and Thursday, March 10, 2022, crews from Next Generation Electrical, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation and Mobility (DTM), are scheduled to convert the traffic signal heads to include flashing yellow arrows at the 22nd Street and Craycroft Road intersection.
Two roadway repaving projects are scheduled to begin this month as part of the voter-approved Proposition 101 Tucson Delivers Better Streets Program.
On Sunday, March 6, 2022, Greasewood Road from Speedway Boulevard to Anklam Road will close to vehicular travel for the 34th Annual Tucson Bicycle Classic. The closure is scheduled to begin at approximately 6 a.m.
Additionally, Speedway Boulevard will close to eastbound travel from Anklam Road to Greasewood Road. Anklam Road will close to westbound travel from Greasewood Road to Speedway Boulevard. Law enforcement officers will be on site to direct travel at the intersections. All streets are scheduled to reopen by 5 p.m. the same day.
I recently gave you a general update on the progress of improvements to our Ward 2 parks thanks to the bond measure that you and your neighbors voted for in 2018. I’d like to give you some news on one specific project.