NewsNet 12-15-14

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.