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Institute for Automated Mobility established in Arizona

Institute for Automated Mobility

Gov. Doug Ducey has signed an executive order to establish the Institute for Automated Mobility, a public-private partnership that will form a research center and proving ground where companies can vet and improve the safety of self-driving vehicle systems.

A site hasn’t been chosen, but plans include an enclosed 2.1-mile track where companies can test and repeat scenarios that may be too dangerous for public roads. This is the first state-sponsored institute focused on this type of safety. Through this project, Arizona is leading the charge in development of essential safety technology across the country.

– Jack Weast, Intel Corp.

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Phoenix receives $6.4 million to replace buses

subway car

Thanks to funding from the Federal Transit Administration, Phoenix has received $6.4 million to replace city buses and upgrade local facilities.

With this grant, the city will be able to purchase 15 buses with upgraded technology. Each vehicle will have multiple interior and exterior cameras and a gauge to determine the number of riders. They will also have real-time vehicle trackers, available on smartphone transit apps, so riders will know the location of the bus and when it has arrived.

The Federal Transit Administration has awarded $366.2 million in grants nationwide in order to improve America’s bus systems.

– Lars Jacoby, Phoenix Public Transit Department

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New citizens’ committee to prepare RTA continuation plan in Tucson

RTA continuation plan

The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) recently appointed members to a new Citizens Advisory Committee. The 35 members recently met to discuss the continuation of RTA’s plan, which was approved by Pima County voters on May 16, 2006, and is effective through June 30, 2026.

Members of the committee are interested in areas such as roadway capacity, transit, automation, bicycle and pedestrian facilities, road maintenance and the added economic development investments that come with infrastructure improvements.

To date, the RTA has invested more than $1 billion in transportation improvements across the region, and it has completed more than 800 transportation improvements.

Pima Association of Governments

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SkyWest Airlines selected for Essential Air Service at Prescott Municipal Airport

SkyWest Airlines

United Express, operated by SkyWest Airlines, will provide commercial air service from Prescott Municipal Airport for a period of two years, starting now. This service will enhance the air travel experience for the Prescott area, and most of north central Arizona.

United Express will operate 50-seat CRJ 200 jets from Prescott, with roundtrip flights daily to Denver, and six days a week to Los Angeles (daily except Saturday). Passengers will be able to connect through Denver or Los Angeles to hundreds of destinations throughout the world. Travelers are able to book tickets using the United Airlines website,

– John Heiney, City of Prescott