The next three weeks are important to the RTA Broadway Project. On March 15th, the city released the 30% design plan and a 30 day comment period has opened. It is important that we take this opportunity to clearly support our position on the project: Broadway is a critical arterial roadway for our community and must be built to support such a function.

As you recall, the RTA Board voted in December of 2014 to reduce the Broadway plan to a six-lane arterial plan with the use of bus pullouts to the “maximum” extent possible. The Citizen’s Task Force, established by the City of Tucson to provide input, recommended a “Starting Small Approach” focused on saving the maximum number of buildings. Unfortunately, this process was hijacked by a small, but very vocal and engaged minority group who wants to keep Broadway as it is.

The Mayor and Council adopted the CTF’s recommendation as the baseline for the design. At that point, the city began working towards final design of the future Broadway Boulevard.

The 30% design plan is much better than the CTF plan and includes numerous important changes. We need our voices heard!

Broadway is a critical thoroughfare for our community and must provide increased capacity to support a vibrant and growing economy in Tucson.

Call to Action: Everyone is encouraged to sign this petition.

We the undersigned do hereby petition the Tucson City Council to pass the 30 Percent Broadway plan at the April 19th City Council meeting.

This project was approved by the voters 10 years ago, and way too much time and money has been spent in an effort to placate the vocal few who would oppose progress.

Broadway Boulevard is a major thoroughfare and the gateway to downtown. It should be improved to become a first-class roadway that supports rejuvenation in the city center, supports business growth, and the expansion of a vital urban core.

For far too long, businesses and property owners adjacent to Broadway Boulevard have been placed in a quagmire of uncertainty.

This unfortunately has been a long-standing pattern in our community, one that has traditionally kept Tucson from moving forward with transportation and infrastructure improvements in a timely manner.

It is time to show by action rather than words that Tucson intends to be a ‘Business Friendly’ community, and support the decision voters made in the 2006 Regional Transportation Authority vote.

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