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
UTA is facilitating a study of potential transit corridors around the Point of the Mountain.
We’d like your input on the study’s goals and your public transit preferences.