Transportation and Mobility Overview

Fiscal Year 2021/22

Mission Statement

To create, maintain, and operate a safe and reliable system for the movement of people throughout our community with the highest quality transportation services, programs, and facilities.


The following programs are included in this department:

Staffing By Program

*Full Time Equivalent Employee (FTE)

Budget By Program

Department Expenses

Budget By Expense Category

Budget By Funding Source

Significant Changes

The Adopted Budget for Fiscal Year 2021/22 of $298,820,620 reflects a net decrease of $21,910,180 from the Fiscal Year 2020/21 Adopted Budget. Major changes include the following:

• Increase in salaries and benefits by $626,620

• Increase in supplies $385,740

• Increase in vehicle replacement program to include multi-patchers by $1,171,000

• Decrease in contracted labor and services $496,070

• Decrease in COVID-19 disaster relief funding by $1,600,000

• Decrease in Capital Improvement Projects by $23,597,470


The department provides necessary infrastructure improvements and maintenance with a focus on Smart City technology as well as the Complete Street Policy. The department continues to increase its presence on social media platforms to provide service updates and special events awareness to residents and visitors. The department's Mass Transit Division is compliant with the American with Disabilities Act and provides a green and environmentally friendly transportation infrastructure including compressed natural gas-operated buses, an electric streetcar, and is expanding to use electric buses.

In Fiscal Year 2021/22, the department will complete the Move Tucson transportation plan. Move Tucson, which was developed over two years, establishes the department's priorities for the next 20+ years. The plan is based on input from more than 5,000 Tucson residents combined with a data-driven review of the performance of the transportation system. In total, over 230 projects are included in Move Tucson totaling $5.7 billion. These projects are intended to rebalance our transportation system by increasing transportation choices for all modes of travel, improving safety, and investing in the transportation system in place before the City looks to expand capacity.


Sun Tran received five electric buses in June 2021, which are powered only by battery and produce zero-emissions, to contribute to cleaner air and a quieter, more comfortable ride for passengers.

Future Objectives

Move Tucson advances Tucson's Complete Streets policy by identifying future project and program investments, at all scales, that will incorporate the best practices in complete streets design. Each project that is constructed will move the department closer to having a network of complete streets to meet the needs of all users across the city, particularly those who face the highest mobility barriers. The plan employs an equity-based approach to identify and prioritize projects and programs to address historic underinvestment in areas of the city where these barriers exist.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the department experienced a decline in revenues, particularly in the Park Tucson Division. The Fiscal Year 2021/22 budget is balanced but will be continually monitored and analyzed to ensure revenues and expenditures occur in accordance with the financial plans.