Davis-SLC Community Connector
The Utah Transit Authority is partnering with Bountiful, North Salt Lake, Salt Lake City, the Wasatch Front Regional Council and the Utah Department of Transportation to conduct a transit Alternatives Analysis (AA). The focus of the AA is to better understand current and future transit needs of residents in Southern Davis County through the planning horizon of 2040. The study area includes Bountiful, North Salt Lake, parts of downtown Salt Lake City and connections to the Woods Cross FrontRunner Station. Considering the nature of the corridor and extended potential transit needs further north of the study area, the cities of Woods Cross, West Bountiful, Centerville and Farmington are included as a planning influence area. The area of influence reflects regional considerations in the analysis and selection of future transit options for the study area.
The Davis-SLC Community Connector held a pubic open house on December 11, 2013 to explain the study process and present initial corridor alternatives for public feedback. Comments were received at the open house, as well as through email, phone and Open UTA. Many of the questions asked were similar in nature. Here are some of the most common questions asked, along with answer from the project team. Below are the materials that were presented at the open house::
Jurisdiction participation map
Overview (Welcome Presentation)
Background & Orientation
Purpose & Need
Modes & Technologies
UDOT and UTA completed a previous study (the South Davis Transit Alternatives Analysis) in spring 2008. Previous efforts built a foundation of data and experience that will be updated and expanded upon to inform the current study and set the stage to identify desired transportation investments. While the previous study selected a preferred mode and alignment as part of its Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA), they are not pre-determined for the current study – all mode and alignment options will be considered of current and future conditions. The opening of FrontRunner commuter rail service and the expansion of the UTA transit system since the study has created new opportunities in the previous study area. The LPA will be selected through a strong public involvement process including input from local officials and the general public. The process for the corridor is iterative, to insure that community needs are met and that feasible solutions can be implemented.
Alternatives Analysis Process
The AA process will identify reasonable modal and multi-modal alternatives and alignment options in the corridor between southern Davis County and downtown Salt Lake City. It includes the following steps:
- Identify study goals and objectives
- Establish purpose and need for improvements
- Identify evaluation criteria for potential alignments
- Identify alignments for initial screening
- Identify alignments for in-depth screening
- Identify Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA)
South Davis Transit Timeline
2004 – Wasatch Front Regional Council releases South Davis Transit Needs Analysis
2004 – Wasatch Front Urban Area Long Range Transportation Plan Update: 2004 - 2030
2005 – The Wasatch Choice for 2040 plan completed by the regional metropolitan planning organizations (WFRC, MAG) in conjunction with local mayors, elected officials and Envision Utah.
2008 – South Davis Transit Study Alternatives Analysis (AA) recommends Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA).
2010 – South Davis Draft Environmental Study Report (ESR) released by UDOT and UTA
2013 – Davis-SLC Community Connector Study kicks off.
2014 – Davis-SLC Community Connector will be complete and recommend an LPA.
Study Goals and Objectives
The Davis-SLC Community Connector Study is designed to examine ways to:
Improve regional connectivity
- Improve transit options between southern Davis County and Salt Lake City
- Provide better connections to regional transit in downtown Salt Lake City
Match transportation solutions to potential markets
- Identify viable market segments
- Improve land use opportunities
- Enhance the urban environment
- Attract and support business activity
- Increase tax base through development/ redevelopment of urban centers
Improve travel through the study area
- Increase mobility options for both North-South and East-West travel
- Integrate with existing transit facilities
Improve air quality
- Provide local commuters more environmentally-friendly commuting options
- Be part of the solution to address the local air quality problem
Support the Wasatch Choice for 2040 plan
- Enable interconnection of systems
- Balance jobs and housing
- Enhance regional economy
- Enhance regional collaboration
- Strengthen sense of community
- Protect and enhance the environment
Frquently Asked Questions
What is the Davis-SLC Community Connector Study?
The Davis-SLC Community Connector Study is an Alternatives Analysis (AA) being conducted by UTA, WFRC, UDOT, Davis County, Bountiful, North Salt Lake and Salt Lake City.
Which areas are included in the study?
The study area includes Bountiful, North Salt Lake, downtown Salt Lake City and connections to the Woods Cross FrontRunner station. The cities of Woods Cross, West Bountiful, Centerville and Farmington are included as a planning influence area.
What is the Davis-SLC Community Connector Study’s objective?
This study will provide a better understanding of current and future transit needs of southern Davis County residents. Additionally, this study is designed to improve regional connectivity, match transportation solutions to potential markets, revitalize corridors, create jobs, improve travel through the study area, improve air quality and support the Wasatch Choice for 2040 plan.
Who is overseeing this transit study?
UTA is leading the study along with the WFRC, UDOT, Davis County, Bountiful, North Salt Lake and Salt Lake City.
How is the Davis-SLC Community Connector Study different from the 2008 South Davis Transit Study?
The local transit market has changed since the previous study. The UTA system has grown and is now more comprehensive – including the addition of FrontRunner commuter rail service in the previous study area. This study will be more targeted and will cover a smaller geographic area than the previous study. The previous study focused on determining a mode and an LPA. This study will not initially focus on a specific a mode; all modes will be considered leading up to the LPA. Additionally, this study will also build on valuable travel demand data and public feedback received as part of the previous study.
How long will the study period last?
The study will conclude in spring 2014 with the identification of a Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA).
How will study research and data be collected?
Data from previous studies will be updated and expanded upon to inform the current study and set the stage to identify desired transportation investments. Additional travel demand modeling/evaluation, updated land use plans and coordination with local municipalities and agencies will also supplement the data collection effort.
How will study alternatives be developed?
Once a purpose and need for transit improvements has been established, the study team will evaluate a range of alternatives meeting the criteria identified in the study goals and objectives (see above). Coordination with local municipalities and agencies and input from the general public will aid in the evaluation of alternatives and selection of the eventual LPA.
Will economic benefits associated with this project be considered or just transit benefits?
The study will evaluate both economic and transit benefits of proposed improvements. The study team will closely coordinate land use and future development plans with local municipalities as economic benefits are evaluated.
UTA has gathered extensive public input from previous studies and is considering previous comments and feedback as it moves forward with this study. Expanded opportunities for public involvement are part of the current study, including regular advisory committee meetings with local government officials, updates to elected officials, a series of community focus groups, meeting with and soliciting feedback from the local business community, presentations to community interest groups and public and online open houses.
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