Tucson’s Director of Transportation told the Tucson-Pima County Bicycle Advisory Committee on Wednesday that the transportation department is “in a world of hurt and it is only going to get worse,” in respect to the city’s transportation budget.
Jim Glock said the transportation department is losing another $6 million in funds which will make street maintenance even more difficult.
He said his department, which has shrunk from 380 employees to 270, would need $13 million in funds just to catch up on street maintenance.
There also isn’t local money for bike infrastructure projects, but Glock said they would continue applying for federal grants and Regional Transportation Authority money to fund infrastructure improvements.
Glock, who is retiring in December, said the city will begin looking for his replacement. He said the BAC is one of the groups that will be involved in the hiring process.
BAC considers pulling support of modern streetcar
BAC member Steve Bresler made the motion after he said he believed the city wasn’t following through on the promises they made to make the streetcar safe for cyclists.
“We supported [the streetcar] because we were made to believe that they were going to do everything possible to make it safe,” he said. “I believe we were lied to.”
Several BAC members suggested that pulling support wouldn’t accomplish anything at this point because the streetcar is going to get built. They suggested trying to leverage their unhappiness with the project to get improved facilities.
Bresler eventually withdrew his motion and no further action was taken.