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Adopted 2015-2040 RTP
Preferred Scenario

The preferred scenario identifies in draft form the regional transportation projects needed in the metropolitan area between 2015 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, the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT), Utah Transit Authority (UTA), other stakeholders, and the public from two rounds of region-wide meetings. The first round of meetings in 2013 provided a general direction as to how to plan the transportation system. The Wasatch Front Regional Council (WFRC) 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 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 WFRC refined it based on that input. Later that year, the Council adopted the preferred scenario as a stable set of transportation projects to prioritize into phases for funding and construction.

After developing the preferred scenario, WFRC identified financial constraints based on anticipated funding, and prioritized projects into phases. This phased, financially constrained draft Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) was developed in the fall of 2014 to become the Draft 2015-2040 RTP.

For additional information regarding the RTP, please contact Jory Johner.

In January and February of 2014, 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 RTP. WFRC gathered input and refinements regarding the roadway, transit, and bicycle projects, in addition to growth allocations for the region, making up the 2015-2040 RTP. A series of public open houses were also held in March throughout the region to gather input. After reviewing 450 comments WFRC prepared a final preferred scenario for the 2015-2040 RTP. The Council reviewed and approved the final preferred scenario on May 22.

WFRC then moved into the next phase of the RTP development process, to apply financial constraints based on the anticipated availability of funding, as well as prioritize and phase the projects. The development of the phased, financially constrained RTP was completed in the fall of 2014, and review and comment was sought, prior to the final adoption of the 2015-2040 RTP in 2015. Ultimately, the final RTP was incorporated into the Utah’s Unified Transportation Plan.

Online Interactive Map

The online interactive map summarizes the final preferred scenario and allows for various layers to be turned on or off under the “Layers” tab. Additional information about the layers can be found under the “Details” tab (top left corner) along with PDF files.

Additional Maps/Information

In June of 2013, WFRC held meetings to discuss four possible growth and development scenarios. Input from local governments, communities, and key partners to gather information regarding how and where development might take place to inform the update to the RTP.

Based on the input received and detailed analysis, WFRC prepared a draft preferred scenario for the 2015-2040 RTP. WFRC then reached out to constituent cities and counties for comments on the draft preferred scenario. Meetings with small groups of area local governments, as well as the public, were held in January/February and March of 2014, respectively, to discuss the proposed update.

Online Interactive Map

The online interactive map summarizes the draft preferred scenario and allows for various layers to be turned on or off under the “Layers” tab. Additional information about the layers can be found under the “Details” tab (top left corner) along with PDF files.

Additional Maps/Information

Performance Measures

Currently adopted 2015-2040 RTP process graphic.
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