The Mountain Transportation Study
began in the fall of 2011 and was completed in the fall of 2012.
Salt Lake County and its study partners including the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT), the Utah Transit Authority (UTA), the United States Forest Service (USFS), Salt Lake City, and the Wasatch Front Regional Council (WFRC) have completed the Mountain Transportation Study (the Study). The Study was intended to bring together a diverse stakeholder group; develop consent on key topics, a deeper understanding of transportation to and within the Cottonwood Canyons, and a range of transportation solutions; and provide recommendations for next steps (see Figure 1). The Study provides the following recommendations:
• Consider potential short-term transportation projects.
• Utilize a tiered Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process for the next effort.
• Consider recommending the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) as the lead agency with UTA, USFS, and potentially other agencies such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency or the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) as joint leads.
• Evaluate regional trips during scoping and purpose and need development.
• As part of the Tier 1 EIS, include additional analyses of land use, watershed, and economic opportunities.
The Mountain Transportation Study was one of three concurrent studies (including Mill Creek Canyon Transportation Feasibility Study
and Cottonwood Canyons Parking Study – Recommendations
) addressing transportation issues in and along the Wasatch Mountains. Of the three studies, the Mountain Transportation Study was the largest and most complex in scope. These three studies considered systems that create a more environmentally and economically sustainable transportation system in the canyons and in the communities of southeast Salt Lake County. The studies are a result of Envision Utah's Wasatch Canyons Tomorrow
process, a large visioning process for the Wasatch Mountains.