What is a Regional Transportation Plan (RTP)? Our region’s future transportation system is born here! The 2019-2050 RTP sets forth the 30-year strategy (through 2050) for regional-scale transportation investments for all modes of transportation: autos, trains, buses, and active transportation. The plan, updated every four years, also lives within an anticipated budget. Against these constraints, particular transportation projects are prioritized — let’s build the most important projects first.
The Wasatch Front Regional Council (WFRC) developed the RTP with residents, local government stakeholders, and partner agencies. The RTP is informed by technical modeling and forecasting to help us understand how it might achieve regional quality of life goals. This includes ensuring that as we invest in transportation we meet important air quality standards.
Key quality of life issues, such as mobility, affordability, and air quality, are affected by growth patterns and how people and goods are transported. For example, growth patterns affect how far people choose to travel and the modes they use — say bicycling or driving alone. In turn, these decisions impact air pollution emissions. Therefore, the RTP is considered within a broad perspective of how transportation infrastructure can work with both land and economic development decisions to maximize overall quality of life. The 2019 -2050 RTP is the transportation element of the Wasatch Choice 2050 Vision, our shared blueprint for regional transportation and local land use, and economic development.
The RTP’s transportation investments address:
- Desired local growth and infrastructure
- Maintenance of the existing transportation system
- The regional road system
- High-capacity transit opportunities
- Family-friendly bike network
For additional information regarding the RTP, please contact Jory Johner.
WFRC seeks public review and comment on its Draft 2019-2050 RTP and Draft Air Quality Memorandum 39 which provides the accompanying air quality conformity analysis. The public comment period begins on Feb. 15, 2019 and extends through Mar. 17, 2019. Members of the public are asked to learn more and comment directly on the draft projects via an online interactive map. Copies of the proposed documents are also available at WFRC’s office at 295 North Jimmy Doolittle Road, Salt Lake City, UT 84116 (before March 8) and 41 North Rio Grande Street, Suite 103, Salt Lake City, UT 84101 (after March 8).
Requests for information, questions, or comments may be directed to Jory Johner during business hours at (801) 363-4250, e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or mail via 295 North Jimmy Doolittle Road, Salt Lake City, UT 84116 (before March 8) and 41 North Rio Grande Street, Suite 103, Salt Lake City, UT 84101 (after March 8).