U.S. SENATE — U.S. Senator Martha McSally is urging the U.S. Department of Transportation to fund a pilot program that could pave the way for a rapid transit corridor between the cities of Tucson and South Tucson.

In a Nov. 14 letter to Secretary Chao, McSally wrote that she supports the cities’ request for $2 million to begin planning for the design of a corridor “that integrates business, affordable housing, and increased access for riders, pedestrians and cyclists.”

McSally, who recently led an effort to block $15.4 million in cuts to Arizona transit agencies, told Chao that the proposal supports economic development and access to jobs along the transit corridor linking the cities.

“As part of this proposal, these resources would allow Tucson to identify improvements in designated Opportunity Zones along the north-south route, leveraging connectivity between the City’s highly successful Sun Link Streetcar project and the Tucson International Airport on the south end,” she wrote. “I support these efforts to integrate multimodal transit and advance planning efforts through community partnerships. Other public support for this project includes the Pima Association of Governments.”

McSally has been a champion of transportation projects in the Senate. Earlier this year she secured $2.6 million in federal funding for the purchase of low- or no-emission buses in Tucson. And earlier this month she joined a community celebration at the launch of an electric shuttle at Sabino Canyon, a popular recreation spot in Tucson. McSally was a strong advocate for the electric shuttle while serving in the U.S. House of Representatives.