Tucson took the first steps in closing its $33 million budget gap for next year by tentatively approving what could amount to $4.8 million in transit savings and fare increases.
The Tucson City Council this week is set to again take on the challenge of improving Sun Tran’s finances.
Tucson’s Sun Tran bus service is in a financial bind because its fares are too low and it provides more service for the disabled at too low a cost, a panel of outside experts who evaluated the system found.
With the exception of perfecting the turkey, Thanksgiving is a no-pressure holiday. No gifts to give, no expectations dashed, nothing to do but glory in family and friends.
While two city councilmen opposed a measure to delay seeking applications from developers on how to transform the Ronstadt Transit Center, they had very different reasons behind their decisions.
Members of the Tucson Bus Riders Union accused the City Council of betrayal after it voted to move forward with a plan that could transform the Ronstadt Transit Center downtown into a mixed-use transit hub.
Brenden Shultz, left, and Christopher Basaldu pour soup into cups as they help feed the hungry at the Casa Maria Soup Kitchen. After turning down a $2,000 contribution from Walmart, the charity received more than $15,000 in donations, with the largest gift coming from the state and regional …
rejected Walmart's $2,000 donation.
Elsa Vaquero heaves a crateful of bread in place as she works at the Casa Maria Soup Kitchen. The charity provides more than 500 meals for people each day.
When a Catholic charity declined a $2,000 donation from Walmart last month, the criticism was swift and harsh.
The head of a local Catholic charity has declined a $2,000 donation from Walmart, citing what he says is the company's detrimental affect on the community.
Activist Brian Flagg uses a bullhorn during a protest on Monday against a potential land swap involving the Ronstadt Transit Center in downtown Tucson. About 70 people took part in the protest at the transit center.
City officials are discussing swapping the Ronstadt Transit Center and up to two other downtown properties to the owners of a scenic 284-parcel in the Painted Hills area to block development there.
Regular Sun Tran fares could rise 17 percent - and low-income fares could soar 70 percent - under a proposal to help offset $3 million in added costs for the city transit system.