UTA’s light rail network, which just celebrated its 20 year anniversary, has become a backbone of the region’s transportation system. Although very successful, the system must adapt to a growth and evolving travel patterns to retain and improve its vital function in the overall transportation network. Over the years, a range of projects have been considered to optimize the efficiency of the network and expand where necessary. However, all of these elements have not been examined holistically. A comprehensive analysis of the network is needed to determine which improvements UTA should pursue in both the near and long term.
The Future of Light Rail Study will:
- Analyze and recommend:
- Service, operational, and capital improvements to the regional light rail network to optimize existing function and accommodate future growth.
- A fleet strategy to address aging vehicles
- A range of possibilities related to:
- Frequency and span of service
- Potential light rail extensions and new lines
- Development of new station locations, including infill stations on existing lines
- Possible changes and additions to end-to-end routing of lines
- Costs and benefits for each potential improvement will inform the analysis.
- A phased approach to implementing realistic incremental enhancements that will meet immediate needs and optimize operational efficiencies.
- Capital improvements that increase capacity to accommodate future growth and improve system efficiency.
- A draft light rail system plan to forward into the regional planning process.