PAG workshops on transit in Tucson


Pima Association of Governments (PAG) will host three Transit Visioning Workshops open to the public to identify and discuss transit priorities to guide regional efforts in transit planning and investments.

The input from these workshops will help to guide development of a regional transit vision to be considered for inclusion in PAG’s 2045 Regional Transportation Plan and future regional planning processes.

The workshops will be held at PAG, 1 E. Broadway Blvd., in the Santa Rita Conference Room on the 4th floor on the following dates:

  • May 13 – 6 to 8 p.m.
  • May 19 – 1 to 3 p.m.
  • May 21 – 9 to 11 a.m.

For background information, the following report was prepared by transit planning consultant, Jarrett Walker:

Questions regarding the workshops may be directed to Katharine Hardy or Patrick Hartley at or or (520) 792-1093.

Please RSVP to Katharine Hardy two days before the workshop.

Carolyn’s note: Attend these workshops to give your input about transit options in Tucson. As someone who walks, bikes, drives a car, takes the Sun Tran bus & Sun Link streetcar, I like to use a variety of transport modes. What is your vision for Tucson?  Mine is better asphalt on the roads for the cars & bikes (of course), as well as more bus pullouts & shelters, and better sidewalks (some sidewalks in town just end arbitrarily, making it tough on people w/ strollers, walkers, wheelchairs), and many don’t have handicap accessible ramps.

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Carolyn Classen
Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, (since Jan. 2013).


  1. Attended second of these 3 workshops to help design ideal transit for 30 year PAG plan, along with about 10 other people, most working in the transit field, plus Tucson Bus Rider’s Union rep. After an introduction about envisioning either more ridership or coverage, and Jarrett Walker’s handout, we broke up into 3 groups to map out alternate visions — increase Sun Tran coverage from 30 minutes to 15 minutes on some routes, link transit centers with express buses, where to put rapid transit if we could (mostly along Oracle, down Kino Pkwy. to the airport, along Broadway or Grant Rd.). Shared each of our group’s vision, which will be incorporated into a report to Mayor/Council in June. One more transit workshop on May 21 at PAG office (4th floor).

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