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Meetings underway in Tucson seeking public input on equity of transit fares, policies 

Sun Tran, the operator of Tucson’s public transportation system, is holding public meetings to gather feedback on service and fare changes and how these inequitably impact the city’s diverse communities.  The meetings come as the Tucson City Council is considering whether public transit should be free for everyone to ride and funded by taxpayers. City […]

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The pandemic ended Tucson transit fares, should it stay a free public service forever?

Desiree Collins is riding a public bus in Tucson. It’s winter in Arizona, the pandemic endures, cases of COVID-19 are spiking, and inflation is making it harder to afford groceries, pay bills and get through another month. Desiree works at a nonprofit organization. Having access to free transportation has helped in ways she knows some […]

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Tucson leaders listened to riders and remains only Arizona city to keep bus, streetcar rides free, for now

Allen Benz came to the Tucson City Council budget meeting wearing a red “Make Sun Tran great again” hat and a yellow “Tucson Bus Riders Union” T-shirt. Benz uses the bus for groceries, shopping, and anything other than South Tucson neighborhood trips.  Buses have been free to ride for two years and he appreciates having […]

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Solicitan opiniones comunitarias sobre inequidades en cambios a sistema de transporte de Tucson

Sun Tran, el operador del sistema de transporte público de Tucson, está sosteniendo reuniones públicas para recolectar opiniones sobre los cambios a los servicios y pasajes, y cómo estas propuestas afectan de manera inequitativa a las comunidades diversas de la ciudad. Las reuniones se dan mientras el Consejo Municipal de Tucson está considerando si el […]

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La pandemia acabó con las tarifas en los transportes públicos de Tucson . ¿Debería ser gratuito éste servicio permanentemente?

Desiree Collins va a bordo de un vehículo de transporte público en Tucson. Es invierno en Arizona, la pandemia perdura, los casos de COVID-19 repuntan y la inflación dificulta pagar el mandado, las cuentas y llegar al próximo mes. Desiree trabaja en una organización sin ánimo de lucro. Tener acceso a un transporte gratuito le […]

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Sec. Pete Buttigieg visits Tucson touting $25M bridge update amidst $2B plan to fix aging US infrastructure

Standing under moody monsoon clouds and near an old Tucson bridge Thursday, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg touted a $2.2 billion transformation for local roads, highways and transit infrastructure in Arizona and throughout the country. After a slew of high-profile transportation failures, there’s little disagreement over the disrepair and danger in aging U.S. infrastructure. But some […]

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More space, same vibes: Food Conspiracy Co-op begins big expansion project on Tucson’s Fourth Avenue

The organic food movement was big back east when Fiore Iannacone first moved to Tucson about 50 years ago. So when he went to the quirky-cool Fourth Avenue shopping district and discovered the newly-opened Food Conspiracy Co-op, he thought: “Wow, this is everything I’ve been thinking about.” It was a tiny paradise of fresh, local, […]