The Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) is where our Region’s future transportation system is born. The 2019-2050 RTP is a long-range blueprint that sets forth the 31-year strategy for regional transportation investments for all modes of transportation.
The 2019-2050 RTP is the transportation element of the Wasatch Choice 2050 Vision, our region’s shared blueprint for regional transportation, local land use, and economic development.
The 2019-2050 RTP planning process is coordinated with statewide transportation partners to develop common goals, planning time horizons, performance measures, and financial assumptions, which collectively form Utah’s Unified Transportation Plan.
Updated every four years, the 2019-2050 RTP lives within an anticipated budget. Against these constraints, particular transportation projects are prioritized, so we build the most important projects first. The 2019-2050 RTP prioritizes $50.387 billion in transportation spending between now and 2050, in order to keep our existing roadway and transit system in a state of good repair, and to construct and operate new roadways, transit services, and active transportation facilities.
The 2019-2050 RTP addresses:
- Desired local growth and infrastructure
- Maintenance of the existing transportation system
- The regional road system, which includes a balance of state road and local roads, including freeway, highway, arterial, and collector road projects. Freeway and highway projects include widening existing freeways and adding HOT/HOV lanes; operational management and ramp metering; two new freeways, the Mountain View Corridor and West Davis Corridor; and two conversions from arterials to freeways, Bangerter Highway and US-89. These large-scale projects will help accommodate the growing travel demand throughout the Region and are complemented by 99 new construction projects that either complete existing gaps or provide greater localized roadway connectivity.
- High-capacity transit opportunities, including a gridded network of frequent and direct east-west and north-south Core Bus routes, projects that serve urban centers such as the Ogden-Weber State University BRT project and a TRAX extension to the rapidly growing Point of the Mountain area, improvements to FrontRunner, and express and special service bus routes serving key destinations such as from the Tooele Valley to Salt Lake City and to recreational opportunities in Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons.
- Safe and family-friendly active transportation facilities, such as the Historic Orchard Pathway in Box Elder County, Wall Avenue protected bike lane in Weber County, North Fork Kays Creek Path in Davis County, and Porter Rockwell Trail in Salt Lake County, account for 316 miles of the planned network. Such high-comfort facilities are critical to giving people travel options that do not involve a personal vehicle, increasing mobility and access to opportunity and deriving the physical and mental health benefits associated with active transportation.
- Transportation technologies that influence the ways in which we get around now and in the future, such as connected and autonomous vehicles and mobility sharing services.
WFRC developed the 2019-2050 RTP over a four-year period in partnership with local governments, transportation agencies, community organizations, and local stakeholders such as Hill Air Force Base, Chambers of Commerce and local businesses, and residents. The 2019-2050 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.
View public and stakeholder comments received during the RTP process.
Utah is experiencing rapid growth. This amplifies the weight of the decisions we make now and over the next few decades. Our region is confronting many growth-related issues, such as population and employment increases, changes to the way we get around, air quality concerns, and mounting cost of living pressures. All of these issues are affected by growth patterns and how people and goods are transported, and are considered in the development of the RTP.
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. Wasatch Choice 2050 identifies specific transportation projects and investments, the use of land near those investments, and associated economic development strategies to achieve desired outcomes for local communities and the Region as a whole. Wasatch Choice 2050 also provides recommendations and resources to help stakeholders achieve those outcomes.
The Wasatch Choice 2050 Vision is built upon four key strategies.
- Provide transportation choices: offering better access to transit, trails, on-street bicycle facilities, and safe and connected sidewalks.
- Support housing options: responding to market demands and meeting the needs of a variety of household sizes, types, and budgets.
- Preserve open space: providing unparalleled access to the outdoors, which is key to our quality of life and our state’s competitive advantage.
- Link economic development with transportation and housing decisions: thinking about the interplay between them and, ultimately, the outcomes we want to achieve.
See key quality of life benefits that would be realized from implementing the RTP.
For additional information regarding the RTP, please contact Jory Johner.