The Regional Transportation Authority will manage the construction of 40 bus stops within the City of Tucson under the transit element of the RTA plan.
The $7 million cost falls within the $30 million approved for transit corridor bus pullouts in the $2.1 billion RTA plan, approved by Pima County voters in May 2006.
"The public expressed strong interest during the public outreach phase for the RTA to expedite bus pullouts as part of the plan," said RTA Executive Director Gary Hayes. "At this time, less than 14 percent of the bus pullouts have been programmed, and members of the RTA Board expressed an interest in accelerating the work on bus pullouts."
RTA has executed a cooperative purchasing agreement with the City of Tucson to use its as-needed consultant contracts and job order contracts for construction.
Because local jurisdictions are facing budget challenges, the RTA contracted with an engineer to identify those bus stops with more than 100 boardings a day and prepare a comprehensive bus pullout program.
The following transit corridors with four or more bus pullouts were identified as part of the program: South Sixth Avenue (8); Alvernon Way (8); Speedway Boulevard (5); 1st Avenue (4); Oracle Road (4).
"The bus pullouts along these corridors will enhance overall regional mobility," said Jim DeGrood, director of transportation services for Pima Association of Governments, which manages the RTA.