Voters ushered in a “new era” in transportation in Pima County Tuesday by approving the Regional Transportation Plan and half-cent sales tax.

The transportation plan overwhelmingly passed 60 percent to 40 percent, and the sales tax to fund the plan passed with 58 percent of the vote.

“Fifth time’s a charm,” noted County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry, in reference to four previous unsuccessful transportation and sales-tax elections.

“This is so thrilling; it’s just a totally new day for Tucson,” Steve Farley, a member of the Citizens Advisory Committee that helped draft the RTA plan, said after preliminary results were announced.

The passage of the transportation plan means the community is ready to work together to solve problems, he said.

“We can start to show the rest of the country we’re growing up.”