Proposed Regional Transportation Plan
The Regional Transportation Plan for Pinal County, overseen by the Pinal Regional Transportation Authority (PRTA), sets forth a comprehensive, multimodal plan which includes a list of major roadway projects and public transportation to be developed over the next 20 years. The Regional Transportation Plan has been developed as a viable solution to meet the transportation needs of the rapidly growing region, and seeks to meet the ongoing mobility needs of Pinal County residents. This Regional Transportation Plan has been prepared to carry forward necessary multimodal projects to the voters of Pinal County, who will be asked to consider this Plan’s approval, along with the passage of a half-cent sales tax at the November 2017 General Election. A successful vote of the Plan and half-cent transportation excise tax will set aside an estimated $640,000,000 in transportation funding over the 20 year period. The RTA Board may authorize the issuance of bonds payable from the transportation excise tax as permitted by Arizona Revised Statute §48-5341.
Between 1990 and 2014, the population of Pinal County increased from 116,867 to approximately 396,237 people; representing an increase of 239 percent. Since the economic downturn of 2008, the municipalities of Apache Junction, Casa Grande, Coolidge, Eloy, Florence, Maricopa, and the unincorporated communities of Arizona City, Gold Canyon, SaddleBrooke, and San Tan Valley have experienced significant increases in economic development activities and new housing construction. Rapid growth brings transportation concerns such as congestion and safety, and the need for quality transportation routes to efficiently move people and goods.
For additional information please visit PinalRTA.org and www.cagaz.org/rta.html.