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Benefits and Impacts

The preferred scenario identifies in draft form the regional transportation projects needed in the metropolitan area between now and 2040. It is not fiscally constrained or prioritized. The projects, as a package, aim to meet transportation needs including any demands that are induced or reduced by these projects.

The preferred scenario represents a significant process and technical effort. It is based on feedback from local governments, UDOT, UTA, other stakeholders and the public from two rounds of region-wide meetings. The first round of meetings in 2013 provided general direction on how to plan the transportation system. WFRC staff discussed four possible growth and development scenarios with local governments, communities, and key partners regarding how and where transportation and corresponding development might take place – both with an eye toward regional market demand and quality of life impacts.

Based on the input received and detailed analysis of costs, mobility, transit use and many other factors, WFRC staff prepared a new growth and transportation scenario known as the draft preferred scenario. Communities, stakeholders, the public and transportation partners reviewed the draft again in early 2014 and the WFRC refined it based on that input. The Regional Council then adopted the preferred scenario later that year as a stable set of transportation projects to prioritize into phases for funding and construction.

After developing the Preferred Scenario, the WFRC identified financial constraints based on anticipated funding, and prioritized projects into phases. This phased, financially constrained draft RTP was developed in the fall of 2014 to become the DRAFT 2015-2040 RTP.

Final Preferred Scenario: 2015-2040


Last January and February, the Wasatch Front Regional Council (WFRC) held a series of 12 “Small Area” meetings with local elected officials and key staff to discuss and review the DRAFT Preferred Scenario for the 2015-2040 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP).  WFRC gathered input and refinement on the Transit, Highway, and Bicycle projects along with the growth allocations for the region that will make up the 2015-2040 RTP which is due in May 2015.  A series of Public Open Houses were also held in March throughout the region to gather input.
After reviewing 450 comments the WFRC staff has prepared a FINAL Preferred Scenario for the 2015-2040 RTP.  The Wasatch Front Regional Council has reviewed and approved the FINAL Preferred Scenario linked below on May 22nd. 

WFRC staff will now move into the next phase of the RTP development process, which is applying financial constraints based on the anticipated availability of funding as well as prioritizing and phasing the projects.  That phased, financially constrained RTP is scheduled to be developed by the Fall of 2014, and we will then again seek your review and comment, prior to final adoption of the 2015-2040 RTP in 2015.  Then our Regional Transportation Plan will be incorporated into the next version of Utah's Unified Transportation Plan.

Online Interactive Map

Click here to access an online interactive map which summarizes the draft preferred scenario.  This allows for various layers to be turned on or off under the Layers tab.  More information about the layers can be found under the Details tab (top left corner) along with .pdf files.  This map contains the following layers:

  • Draft Transit Network
  • Draft Highway Network
  • Bicycle Priority Plan
  • Future Development Type
  • Total Population
  • Total Employment
Maps Available For Download


Draft Preferred Scenario: 2015-2040


Last June, the Wasatch Front Regional Council (WFRC) held meetings to discuss four possible growth and development scenarios.  We gathered input from local governments, communities, and key partners regarding how and where development might take place to inform the update to the Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) due in May 2015.  A six minute video explaining this is available here.

Based on the input received and detailed analysis, WFRC staff have prepared a DRAFT Preferred Scenario for the 2015-2040 Regional Transportation Plan.  WFRC is now reaching out to our constituent cities and counties again for comments on this draft version of the RTP.  Meetings will be held in January and February with small groups of area local governments to discuss the proposed update to the RTP for highways, transit and active transportation linked below.  Public meetings will be held in March, and will be scheduled later.

To view a map of the small area groups, meeting locations, and times open the link below.
Online Interactive Map

Click here to access an online interactive map which summarizes the draft preferred scenario.  This allows for various layers to be turned on or off under the Layers tab.  More information about the layers can be found under the Details tab (top left corner) along with .pdf files.  This map contains the following layers:
  • Draft Transit Network
  • Draft Highway Network
  • Bicycle Priority Plan
  • Future Development Type
  • Total Households
  • Total Employment
Maps Available For Download

Also available for review are .pdf versions of each layer or item below:
Performance Measures

A series of performance measures evaluating the relative functionality of the four scenarios and the DRAFT Preferred Scenario is available here.