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Feb 19 City Council Meetings: Bus Fare Hike, Ronstadt Transit Center Redevelopment

You can see multiple downtown Tucson development from atop the Pennington Street Parking Garage. The Ronstadt Transit Center (foreground) is in the crosshairs for future development.

You can see multiple downtown Tucson development from atop the Pennington Street Parking Garage. The Ronstadt Transit Center (foreground) is in the crosshairs for future development.

At the Feb. 19 study session and evening meeting, the Tucson City Council will consider two issues that could greatly affect bus service in our town.

During the study session, they will consider a proposal to increase bus fares. At the regular evening meeting, they will hear public comments about the proposed redevelopment of the Ronstadt Transit Center. (Proposals and background here.) In between these two meetings, the Tucson Bus Riders Union will have a rally outside of the City Council Chambers, beginning at 4 p.m. (See related articles below.)

Here’s the information from the Bus Riders Union:

Mayor and Council will hear staff presentations and consider a new proposed Fare Policy as well as Sun Tran service changes based on last fall’s Comprehensive Operational Analysis. Come on down to City Hall, 255 West Alameda Street.

 The study session starts at noon; these items could come up any time but likely 2pm or later.

Find the agenda items here, with documentation in the window to the right when you click on the item:

Bus Riders Union invites all to a rally at 4 p.m. in support of LOW FARES AND GREAT BUS SERVICE for Tucson. Opportunity to become a BRU member and share refreshments to hold you over for the M&C regular meeting at 5:30, which as you know includes a public hearing on the Ronstadt Transit Center redevelopment. Documents for that one are here:

Related Articles:
Ronstadt Transit Center: City, Developers Ponder Proverbial Political Football (video)

Ronstadt Transit Center: Community Space or Capitalist Dream?

Ronstadt Center Re-Development: When Is a Public Process Not Public?

Brian Flagg: Tucson has a moral imperative not to raise bus fares

Documents for RTC public hearing on Feb 19 (tons of stuff here)

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The Tucson Progressive: Pamela Powers Hannley

I stand on the side of Love. I believe in kindness to all creatures on Earth and the inherent self-worth of all individuals--not just people who agree with me or look like me.

Widespread economic and social injustice prompted me to become a candidate for the Arizona House, representing Legislative District 9 in the 2016 election. My platform focuses on economic reforms to grow Arizona's economy, establish a state-based public bank, fix our infrastructure, fully fund public education, growlocal small businesses and community banks, and put people back to work at good-paying jobs. I also stand for equal rights, choice, and paycheck fairness for women. I am running as a progressive and running clean.

My day job is managing editor for the American Journal of Medicine, an academic medicine journal with a worldwide circulation. In addition, my husband and I co-direct Arizonans for a New Economy, Arizona's public banking initiative. I am a member of the national board of the Public Banking Institute, and I am co-chair of the Arizona Democratic Progressive Caucus, the largest caucus of the Arizona Democratic Party.

I am a published author, photographer, videographer, clay artist, mother, nana, and wife. I have a bachelor's degree in journalism from Ohio State University and a masters in public health from the University of Arizona. I grew up in Amherst, Ohio, but I have lived in Tucson, Arizona since 1981. I am a proud member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson and the Public Relations Society of America.

My Tucson Progressive blog and Facebook page feature large doses of liberal ideas, local, state, and national politics, and random bits of humor. I also blog at Blog for Arizona and the Huffington Post.

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