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About WFRC

Top Ten Facts About WFRC

  1. The WFRC is an association of 60 cities and five counties organized in 1969 for the purpose of pursuing goals of common interest.  Similar associations of governments serve other areas of the State.  The Wasatch Front Regional Council area of service comprises Davis, Weber, Morgan, Salt Lake and Tooele Counties and the cities contained therein.
  2. The principal purpose of the Regional Council is its federally required function as the area metropolitan planning organization for transportation planning along the Wasatch Front as designated by then Governor Rampton in 1973.
  3. The Regional Council is composed of 28 members, 21 of which are voting members (19 elected officials, 1 representative from the Utah Department of Transportation and 1 representative from the Utah Transit Authority) and 6 non-voting members.  The elected officials are appointed by their respective county councils of governments.
  4. The Regional Council works closely with UDOT, UTA, area cities and counties to prepare transportation plans that reflect the needs of the Region and are financially feasible.
  5. The Regional Council authors the long range Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) which is updated every four years with a minimum 20 year horizon.  The RTP acts as the template for highway, transit, and bicycle and pedestrian development along the Wasatch Front. The current RTP contemplates the expenditure of $20 billion for highway improvements and $12.5 billion for transit improvements through the year 2040.
  6. The Regional Council also produces the six year Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) where funding is allocated to individual highway, transit and bicycle/pedestrian projects.  The TIP is updated annually.  The TIP allows the Regional Council to appropriate approximately $27 million in federal funding annually to local and State projects and approve the expenditure of hundreds of millions in additional costs for projects constructed by UDOT and UTA.
  7. The Regional Council also assists in the development of rural transportation plans for Tooele and Morgan Counties.
  8. The Regional Council ensures that vehicle emissions associated with regionally significant transportation plans fall within the guidelines set for air quality by the Utah Division of Air Quality (DAQ).  As part of its association with the DAQ, the Regional Council provides background information in preparation of the State Implementation Plan for Air Quality with regard to automobile emissions levels, budgets, and traffic control measures.
  9. The Salt Lake County Council of Governments with WFRC's assistance manages portions of the Highway Corridor Preservation fund for Salt Lake County.  Since its inception in 2006, the Fund has disbursed $18.7 million for purchases of property all across the County.  The Fund has revenues of approximately $2.5 million annually.
  10. The Regional Council manages the small cities Community Development Block Grant Program for Morgan, Tooele and Weber Counties.  The CDBG program disburses approximately $1.5 million annually to projects that directly benefit low and moderate income families and individuals and areas