Exhibits Spell Out Transportation Options for Tucson’s Future

November 8, 2012

Transportation – now and in the future – will be the 2nd Saturdays theme of a pair of projects that will be shared with the public at the University of Arizona Downtown, 44 N. Stone Ave., from 6 to 9 p.m. on Nov. 10.

This map shows the potential routes that inter-city train service could follow to link Tucson and Phoenix.

There will be a “Good, Better, Best” a storefront exhibition that asks how the next $100 million will transform Tucson’s streets.

Inside, the UA’s new Sustainable City Project and the Drachman Institute will have an exhibit of transportation choices current and future. This will include the seven potential routes for inter-city rail service between Tucson and Phoenix plus potentials for bike, pedestrian, bus, streetcar and commuter rail in the Tucson metro.

Arizona Department of Transportation and Tucson Modern Streetcar representatives will be present to discuss the routes and progress and get your feedback.

In a recent Arizona survey, nearly one-third of respondents said the state’s most important transportation-related issue is “a lack of public transit.” Only 6 percent cited the need for more and wider highways as the most important issue.

Expect to hear more about the Sustainable City Project, which is a new interdisciplinary initiative of the UA’s College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and the Institute of the Environment. Linda Samuels is the project director.

The project links university faculty, staff, and students from a diverse array of academic disciplines with governments, non-profits and local, regional, and global communities to define and create a new generation of innovative, sustainable, urban environments.

The Sustainable City Project engages in interdisciplinary research, teaching, and outreach in an effort to impact the policy, design, theory and production of sustainable cities.

RESEARCH leverages UA’s vast expertise in environmental sciences, social sciences, arts and design utilizing cross-disciplinary strategies to investigate issues specific to arid landscapes, border regions, resource-conscious infrastructure development, livability and human equality.

TEACHING through community-based projects and interdisciplinary studios and seminars provides students opportunities for engagement in collaborative, applied projects geared toward innovative vision with sustainable impact.

OUTREACH consists of public education such as lectures, conferences and exhibitions; interactive programming; and expert assistance for community based, local, and regional design and research projects.

IMPACT emerges from all of the above and results in the transformation of policy, sustainable practices, the built environment, and urban knowledge.