The Wasatch Front Regional Council (WFRC) yesterday unanimously adopted the Wasatch Front 2023-2050 Regional Transportation Plan (2023-2050 RTP) – the official place where tomorrow’s new roads, transit lines, and trails start. The 2023-2050 RTP will strengthen our transportation network, providing more choices to get around while reducing traffic congestion along the Wasatch Front. It is part of the Wasatch Choice Vision, a broad strategy to maintain our high quality of life by coordinating plans for new homes and jobs with transportation.
The 2023-2050 RTP’s transportation improvements, coupled with the Wasatch Choice Vision centers and future local land use development, are anticipated to have substantial benefits, including:
- 31% more jobs reachable to the average household by driving;
- 71% more jobs reachable to the average household by public transit; and
- 43% more people with nearby access to a bikeway.
The 2023-2050 Regional Transportation Plan is part of the Wasatch Choice Vision, our communities’ shared vision for coordinated transportation investments, development patterns, and economic opportunities. The Vision inter-relates transportation projects with the planned-for location of homes, jobs, and town centers to achieve better outcomes for communities and the Region as a whole.
WFRC’s 2023-2050 RTP is a culmination of four years of collaboration between local leaders, transportation agencies, community organizations, local stakeholders, and residents. Specifically, over the next three decades the 2023-2050 RTP identifies nearly $26 billion of priority roadway, transit, and bike and pedestrian projects – over 1,000 projects across the region. That translates into a more balanced, multimodal transportation system that provides Utahns with more choices to reach their destination.
The RTP reflects all phases of the Little Cottonwood Canyon Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), including the Phase 1 enhanced bus, tolling, mobility hub, and bus stops that was recently funded with $150M from the state. In adopting the RTP, WFRC supported prioritizing of Phase 1 and 2, and the implementation and evaluation of Phase 1 and 2, before advancing to Phase 3 of the EIS.
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