Has anyone sat in traffic trying to leave the Highland Garage at 5 pm? On a light traffic day it takes 20 minutes to clear the garage and crawl down the street before hitting Speedway - then you miss the light because there is not a turn arrow to go eastbound on Speedway from Cherry. If we had the option of a north side exit those that hold up traffic trying to make a left from Helen to northbound Cherry it would make life a bit easier. Additionally, if we had someone to lobby the city to put in a turn arrow at Cherry and Speedway it would empty the area in probably less than 6-8 minutes! I am to the point where I stay in my office til 530 during the academic year because I know it will take the same amount of time to get home as if I leave my office at 5. Sitting in traffic wastes fossil fuels, wasting fossil fuels is bad for the environment. Sitting in traffic also frustrates your employees and students causing them higher blood pressure. These simple changes could bring many happier returns! Thank you greatly for your consideration!
(Submitted September 2015)
Thanks to David Heineking, Executive Director of Parking & Transportation Services, for the following response:
We cannot develop an exit from the garage to the north due to an agreement with the neighbors during the construction of the garage. Residents living north of the garage were concerned about an increase of university traffic on to their streets.
The University does not control the intersection of Cherry and Speedway. That is a City of Tucson street. We will forward this comment to the City for consideration.