Mar 29, 2023

Cops want law to force jaywalkers, errant scooter riders to ID themselves

Riding a bicycle and run into the side of a moving vehicle? It turns out state law doesn't require you to tell police who you are. The same for scooter operators and jaywalkers who violate state traffic laws. And now the Tucson Police Department wants state lawmakers to close that loophole to allow them to demand identification of those people

snow, Arizona, wind, freeways, National Weather Service
Feb 23, 2023

Winter storms ravage US from California to northern plains

Dangerous winter weather trapped drivers on icy roads, knocked out power to hundreds of thousands and grounded multiple flights from California through the northern Plains on Thursday.

Amtrak, Cook, passenger rail, Phoenix, Tucson, commuters, Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, Federal Railway Administration, I-10, congestion
Feb 6, 2023

It’s time we take serious look at intercity passenger rail

The Sun Corridor connecting Phoenix and Tucson is defined as a megaregion. It’s one of the fastest-growing regions in the country, with population growth anticipated to double by 2040. Recent spikes in population growth have demonstrated strains on our already overburdened freeways, which impact our safety, environment and ability to address the demands of a modern economy and quality of life.

Super Bowl LVII, Glendale, traffic, ADOT, DPS
Feb 3, 2023

ADOT, Glendale urge drivers to allow more time ahead of Super Bowl

Super Bowl and Phoenix Open fans are flooding into the Valley, bringing inevitable traffic jams. State and local officials are urging drivers to allow extra travel time and note a few high-traffic and lane-closure areas for the next two weeks, transportation officials said.

Aug 26, 2019

Plethora of new state laws take effect Tuesday

Tuesday is the day when most of the 321 measures approved by the Legislature take effect.

Scott Smith (Photo by Ben Giles/Arizona Capitol Times)
Dec 3, 2018

Scott Smith: Ex-mayor driving public transportation

In today’s developing field of driverless vehicles, Scott Smith, who as CEO oversees the massive mass transportation system operated by Valley Metro, is excited about the prospect of utilizing autonomous technology.

Members of the Sun Lakes Bicycle Club head off on a 10-mile ride. (Cronkite News Service Photo by Jessica Boehm)
Nov 2, 2018

Prop 407 creates a safer and healthier Tucson

Tucson is truly a community where you can live, work and play. Home to breathtaking mountain views, the renowned University of Arizona and coveted climate that provides ample amounts of sunshine, the Old Pueblo is well positioned to support physical activity. Yet, it is also home to traffic congestion and health complications. In fact, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services, in 201[...]

Dec 7, 2016

ADOT increases use of remote technology to ease traffic flow

State transportation officials are increasing their use of remote technology to help keep traffic moving on portions of highways that pass through various communities across Arizona.

May 17, 2016

New law finally lets cops stop drivers for broken tail light

Sometime this summer, police will have a new excuse to pull you over. Gov. Doug Ducey signed legislation Tuesday that requires each and every tail and brake light on your vehicle to be working.

Apr 21, 2016

Senate to protesters: Stop traffic, spend six months in jail

Upset with protesters who tried to block a Donald Trump rally last month in Fountain Hills, Republican state senators voted Thursday to allow judges to impose six-month jail terms on those who stop traffic headed to political rallies.

Aug 27, 2015

Gas-guzzling that goes nowhere: Traffic hits Arizona commuters’ wallets

Traffic delays in Tucson and Phoenix last year cost the average commuter more than $1,000 in extra fuel and lost time, among other costs, according to a new report on rush-hour congestion on the nation’s highways.

May 27, 2015

State lawyers seek to uphold law allowing arrests of day laborers seeking work in traffic

Lawyers for the state are taking legal steps designed to eventually allow police to arrest day laborers who step in to traffic to solicit work.