UTA has been asked by the Point of the Mountain Commission to evaluate transit service options to the Point of the Mountain region. In collaboration with UDOT, WFRC, MAG, Salt Lake County, Utah County and other affected jurisdictions, UTA is working to fulfill this request by conducting a study of potential public transit alternatives around the Point of the Mountain. In consultation with the public, the study will explore and evaluate alternative transit alignments and modes, ultimately leading to the selection of a Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA) corridor. The study will estimate ridership, travel times, travel markets, land use, economics, conceptual engineering, and capital costs for the identiﬁed alternatives. Public and stakeholder outreach and input will be a key component of the entire project.
The Point of the Mountain transit study begins from the foundation of previous visioning initiatives, and is one of multiple efforts to resolve the transportation challenges at this critical throughway. Once a Locally Preferred Alternative is identified, an environmental document (ESR or EIS/EA) will be completed. The type of document depends upon funding source (local or federal) and alignment(s) selected.
Transit corridor alternatives identified through prior visioning initiatives
Traveling around the Point of the Mountain is a critical problem for Utah. This project, slated to be in the 2050 Regional Transportation Plan, Phase III, proposes a transit connection between the existing prison site to the TRAX Blue Line, the Draper FrontRunner Station and points north and south. The study will evaluate potential alignments for the transit investment that will provide the most viable regional connectivity and mobility, as well as economic development opportunities. A direct transit option is needed between the Silicon Slopes in Utah County, the state-owned existing prison site in Salt Lake County, and the existing transit network.
The role of UTA in the Point of the Mountain transit study is to:
- Facilitate the study process
- Comply with the process’ federal requirements
- Deliver the right service for the approved final alignment
UTA will not:
- Drive economic development
- Promote a specific solution
Transit Study Results
The Point of the Mountain Transit Study, which UTA has been conducting in collaboration with project partners since the fall of 2019, has concluded a detailed alternatives analysis and published the findings for public feedback through a survey (November 23 through December 10, 2020). Findings of this detailed analysis, with consideration of public feedback, will guide selection of a Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA) which specifies a transit alignment and mode (type of technology) that would provide high-capacity transit service from southern Salt Lake County to northern Utah County. The transit alignment considered, referred to as the “Common Ground Segment,” builds off of previous analysis and public feedback and is a shared transit corridor that was proposed in all previous alternatives.
In these updated findings, the Common Ground Segment alignment has been analyzed for two different mode options: Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and rail. Both modes are envisioned to provide high-quality transit service, with vehicles operating in dedicated lanes outside of traffic, and both modes include enhanced station area amenities. Rail options, such as TRAX, are prevalent throughout the Salt Lake Valley, but BRT may be an new concept. This video provides a thorough overview of BRT, including examples of the UVX Bus Rapid Transit system in Utah Valley. In addition to previous outreach efforts, this study has also included a representative survey of households in the Point of the Mountain area.
"Common Ground" Corridor Map
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Overview of Common Ground Segment Modes
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The next step in considering transit development around the Point of the Mountain is an environmental review of the LPA. This is slated to occur in 2021, pending availability of funding and other resources.
Questions about the project should be directed to Patti Garver, project manager, at PGarver@rideuta.com