Project Overview

UTA's newest bus rapid transit (BRT) system named Utah Valley Express (UVX) is part of a transit, road, bicycle and pedestrian improvement project designed to meet growing transportation needs in Orem and Provo. Community benefits from the project include reducing vehicle trips, supporting the economy and providing transportation choices. The project is a partnership between the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT), Utah Transit Authority (UTA), Mountainland Association of Governments (MAG), Provo, Orem and Utah County.

Introducing UVX

UVX, the transit component of the project, is a BRT line that will feature articulated buses and will reduce travel times by using exclusive bus lanes and traffic signal priority. Additionally, the line will feature station amenities such as real-time electronic displays showing vehicle locations, level boarding platforms, high-end shelters, benches and landscaping. The nearly completed line will connect FrontRunner with major Utah Valley destinations such as universities, employment centers, shopping malls, entertainment and downtown Orem and Provo.

Roadway Improvements

In addition to building a state-of-the-art BRT system, the project's roadway improvement component includes roadway widening, bridge replacement, installing pedestrian-friendly crosswalks and improving various intersections along University Parkway and University Avenue. The project will:

  • Widen University Parkway, 800 East to University Avenue, adding one new lane in each direction
  • Replace University Parkway bridges over the Provo River
  • Make intersection improvements on University Parkway at 200 East, Main Street, 800 East and 2230 North and in Provo at Freedom Boulevard, 400 West, University Avenue and 300 South

Station Renderings

University Avenue

Utah Valley University

Partnership Benefits

  • UDOT and UTA will use the same contractor resulting in millions of dollars in savings
  • Construction will be less impactfull to the public because roadway and transit construction will take place simultaneously
  • The project will provide increased transportation choices for local residents including transit, bike, pedestrian and personal vehicles

Bicycle and Pedestrian Improvements

Improvements for bicycles and pedestrian facilities through the corridor include:

  • New and wider sidewalks in many areas where sidewalks were narrow or in disrepair
  • Wider pedestrian ramps at intersections along the College Connector Trail
  • A bike lane in each direction along University Avenue from 400 South to 700 North
  • A safer gutter adjacent to the bike lanes along 700 North in Provo
  • A median curb along 700 North directing pedestrians and bicyclists to cross only in designated areas
  • A crossing in Provo at 200 East that directs bicyclists into their own lane across 700 North
  • Improvements to widen existing sidewalks along 900 East in Provo to 10-foot-wide multi-use paths
  • Increased width and height for the Provo River Trail where is crosses under University Parkway
  • Upgraded pedestrian ramps in many locations where the current ramps do not meet the most recent standards

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