Move Tucson’s Strategic Vision

Tucson has a robust roadway network and transportation infrastructure already in place. Move Tucson’s Strategic Transportation Vision prioritizes taking care of the city that Tucson is, while investing in the city that Tucsonans want to see.  This vision provides the lens through which all future policies, programs, and projects should be developed. The guiding principles will shape how Tucson works toward achieving that vision.

Read through the draft Vision and Guiding Principles below, then tell us what you think is most important for Tucson’s future transportation system on the next page.

Move Tucson’s Draft Vision

Tucson is preparing for a future in a rapidly changing world by making economically and environmentally resilient transportation investments. We are working together to create a mobility future that reduces barriers and enables opportunities for all of us by increasing transportation choices, improving safety, and investing in the infrastructure we already have. Tucson will dramatically shift how we invest in transportation to support a thriving, inclusive, and sustainable city for Tucson residents, businesses, and visitors.

Move Tucson’s Draft Guiding Principles

There is no place like Tucson. The city is approachable and open, and is unique in its history, people, landscape, weather, cuisine, aesthetic, industries, and more. Residents are proud to live in a multicultural and creative city that still carries an easy, natural small-town feel. As Tucson grows in population and visitors, the city can change while still maintaining core values and lifestyle.

  • INTENTION: Move Tucson projects are context-sensitive, reflecting a neighborhood or district’s character and the preferences of community members who live there, and support community and cultural attractions and events.

Travel options and the infrastructure that serves them allows residents and visitors to enjoy what Tucson has to offer and to meet their daily needs – connecting to school, work, recreation, attractions, shopping, and healthcare. Barriers exist, however, in connecting across different parts of the city. And connections largely favor travel by car rather than access for a range of modes.

  • INTENTION: Move Tucson investments will remove physical barriers to movement, such as unsafe intersections or network gaps, and find new ways to provide cultural and technological connections that improve residents’ access to opportunity.

Optimizing means getting the most out of the current system and making strategic, cost-effective investments that offer a high return on investment. This can be achieved through preserving and maintaining what Tucson has, as well as through using new technology and tools to make the current system more efficient and effective.

  • INTENTION: Move Tucson will make the roadway network available to more people – regardless of mode of travel – and will leverage new technology and tools to make the current system more efficient and effective. This includes improving the condition of existing infrastructure including pavement, sidewalks, bicycle lanes, stormwater management, and bus stops, among others.

Safety is not optional – it is a requirement for an effective and functioning transportation system that enables all residents and visitors to get where they need to go.

  • INTENTION: Move Tucson will advance safety by focusing on policies and programs to eliminate traffic fatalities and serious injuries and by developing continuous networks that serve all ages and abilities.

The experience of living in Tucson varies depending on where you live in the City and the resources you have access to. The City’s leadership and community organizations recognize that a successful future is contingent on all community members moving forward as “one Tucson,” together.

  • INTENTION: Move Tucson will expand and improve practical mobility options for Tucsonans who face the greatest barriers to access and opportunity by increasing investments in the highest-need communities while being sensitive to processes of gentrification and displacement.

Tucson is both oasis and desert. It offers shade and the comforts of a city within an arid, rugged, and vast landscape. How people travel can help reduce the production of greenhouse gases and pollutants that are contributing to air pollution and increases in global temperatures. How streets are designed can also help improve the local experience and reduce the impact of stormwater runoff, pollution, and heat.

  • INTENTION: Move Tucson projects apply sustainability best practices and increase the resilience of the city’s transportation infrastructure and systems, enabling Tucson to be more responsive to its natural context and to be nimble in the face of climate change.