Purpose:

Assess the land availability, public support, accessibility, and market strength surrounding the Utah Transit Authority (UTA) transit system, for the sake of understanding both the current and desired conditions for each station area. The regional vision (Wasatch Choice 2050) is to be used as a basis for station types and definitions. A standardized data set is to be used to assess the various conditions of each station and produce an index describing which stations are best suited for development.

Scale and Scope:

The Transit-Oriented-Development (TOD) System Analysis is regional in nature, the area being determined by existing and potential transportation facilities. This model is updated on an annual basis and depicts which projects are currently in some stage of development, and which transit hubs are prepared to begin development.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • The TOD System Analysis is to include regional partners and stakeholders. At a minimum this is to include UTA and any Metropolitan Planning Organizations that directly relate to the UTA transit system.
  • Other participating parties may include representatives from State, County, and Municipal organizations, as necessary.
  • Participating parties are to assist with creating, acquiring, and updating process inputs, especially the Unified Transportation Plan and Regional Vision (Wasatch Choice 2050).

Approvals:

The TOD System Analysis is presented to the UTA Board of Trustees on an annual basis. During this presentation, the Board of Trustees approves of projects that have been identified as “high priority projects” that UTA will pursue through the subsequent year.

End Products:

The end product of the TOD System Analysis is a common interface that depicts the priority of TOD at individual stations, as well as a typology that describes what type of development is anticipated to occur. This interface is to be both in- and out-facing, and is intended to be consumed by UTA, local governments, private developers, as well as the general public.

From the common interface, annual reports are to be exported by UTA Staff, and used to communicate TOD priorities to the UTA Board of Trustees.

TOD System Analysis Process:

 

  1. Data Input: The TOD System Analysis utilizes and interprets an array of data pertaining to; market strength, land availability, public support, and accessibility.
  2. Data Processing: Data inputs are processed by the TOD System Analysis to calculate which stations within the UTA System exhibit the best conditions for development.
  3. Site Ranking: On a biannual basis, the TOD Department will export a status report from the TOD System Analysis, which will include an ordered lists of stations that are categorized based on transit-oriented readiness, catalytic potential, and ability to improve housing affordability.