NewsNet 10-10-14

SECTION OF BROADWAY TO BE SIX LANES; FERAL CAT SPAY AND NEUTER PROGRAM MOVES FORWARD - The Mayor and Tucson City Council yesterday moved two big issues forward. A majority of the body agreed to progress into the design phase for the widening of Broadway Boulevard to six lanes from Euclid Avenue to Country Club Road. Broadway is currently two lanes in each direction between Euclid Avenue and Country Club Road, with a center turn lane. The vote, with Council Members Karin Uhlich and Steve Kozachik dissenting, supports a recommendation put forward by the Broadway Citizens Task Force to widen Broadway to a six-lane corridor, which would include two transit lanes, bicycle lanes and new sidewalks. The task force recommendation followed an intensive public process that included 33 task force meetings and four additional public meetings within the past 27 months. The task force will continue to work with the project team during the technical design process of the RTA project, with construction scheduled to begin in summer 2016.  On another topic, Mayor and Council voted unanimously to amend the Tucson Code to allow for a Pima County-sponsored program to spay, neuter, and release feral cats. Read the Braodway news release.

TUCSON MEET YOURSELF CELEBRATION UNDERWAY - The three-day Tucson Meet Yourself celebration began this morning and continues through Sunday in Downtown Tucson. The annual event, features cultural events, food, and entertainment. Tucson Meet Yourself runs until 10 p.m. tonight, 11 a.m.-10 pm. tomorrow., and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. This is the 41st year of the celebration.

2nd SATURDAYS DOWNTOWN PART OF BUSY WEEKEND - The monthly, free, family-friendly event tomorrow begins with gallery shows at 9 a.m., and entertainment later in the day. At 6:30 p.m., the main stage at Scott Avenue and Congress Street features musical groups, and there are plenty of activities for children. Food from vendors and downtown eateries will be available, as will fare from Tucson Meet Yourself. With the Sun Link Tucson Streetcar, you can park not only in the downtown area, but at the University of Arizona, and along 4th Avenue to catch a ride downtown (regular streetcar fares apply). There are 11,000 parking spaces along the 3.9-mile route. Read more about 2nd Saturdays Downtown.

RIDE THE STREETCAR TO UA 'FAMILY WEEKEND' FOOTBALL GAME TOMORROW - University of Arizona football fans can ride the Sun Link Tucson Streetcar to University of Arizona football games. Prior to tomorrow's 7:30 p.m. game against USC, fans can experience dining, entertainment, and retail opportunities at Main Gate Square, Fourth Avenue, Downtown Tucson, and the Mercado District, and then board the streetcar to the UA from any one of the 23 stops along the 3.9-mile route. Once on campus, Arizona Stadium is a short walk from the Second Street and Cherry Avenue stop. Fans can also park in one of the many garages downtown and take the streetcar to the game to avoid UA congestion. The Pennington Street Garage is offering discounted parking fees when you ask for the "Park, Dine, and Ride" bundle, which includes a Sun Link Day Pass and parking.  
UA Parking and Transportation football information

CHILDREN'S MEMORIAL PARK CLEANUP TOMORROW - The Children's Memorial Park Neighborhood Watch Program is partnering with Tucson Clean & Beautiful and Tucson Recycling & Waste Services for an alley clean up tomorrow (7 a.m.-noon), between Wheatridge Drive and Edgewater Drive, from La Canada to 15th Avenue. The Adopt-a-Park and Public Areas program was established in 1984 to address the growing problem of litter. Since that time, Tucson area volunteers have provided more than 300,000 volunteer service hours at hundreds of sites. This public-private partnership helps keep public areas clean and safe. To become a part of Tucson Clean & Beautiful’s environmental stewardship efforts, or for more information, visit this website. You can also email adoptapark@tucsonaz.gov, or call 791-3109.