Valley to Mountain Alternatives Analysis
Together, Summit County and Park City, along with several other project partners including the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT), Utah Transit Authority (UTA), Salt Lake City Corporation (SLC), and the Wasatch Front Regional Council (WFRC) are conducting a study to evaluate the transportation connections between the Salt Lake Valley and the greater Park City area. The study is funded by Mountain Accord.
Initially, the study will focus on SR-224 between Kimball Junction and Park City, and will identify and compare the costs, benefits, and impacts of a range of transit alternatives in an effort to reduce the number of cars on SR-224 and lower the carbon footprint – while maintaining a small town feel without widening roads.
An Alternative Analysis (AA) is a transit planning study, and is a local planning process with flexibility to tailor to multiple corridors. It develops and evaluates transit alternatives, and identifies a Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA).
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Purpose & Need
Mid to Late 2016
Identification of Alternatives
Preliminary Environmental Analysis
Early to Mid 2017
Identification & Selection of Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA)
Purpose & Need
The purpose of the project is to:
- Increase person throughput capacity on SR-224 during peak periods (seasonal, daily peak, and special events) while avoiding excessive road widening
- Improve the quality and reliability of transit service along the SR-224 corridor to promote the use of transit and active transportation while de-emphasizing single-occupant-vehicle trips
- Increase the attractiveness of transit by introducing priority express service in the SR-224 corridor
- Support healthy communities, best environmental practices, and the sustainability goals of the community
- Develop an alternative that fits the character and scale of the community and is environmentally and aesthetically acceptable to the public
- Complement local and regional remote parking
- Provide a transit investment that meets today’s needs and has the ability to expand for future growth.
- Support local land use goals and concentrated development by connecting economic nodes
- Provide a competitive transit alternative to the automobile in the SR-224 corridor
The project purpose would address the following needs:
- Transportation improvements are needed in the project area to support existing and projected travel demands that are resulting from continuing growth in population and employment, increased land use densities, and exceptional and consistent tourist travel.
- SR-224 experiences traffic congestion during peak weekday hours and on weekends throughout the year and experiences high levels of congestion for extended periods every weekend, regardless of the season.
- The project partners wish to address existing deficiencies in both the transit infrastructure and transit service (coverage, reliability, frequency, access, and performance) to improve the attractiveness and effectiveness of the transit system so that travelers increasingly choose it over auto travel.
- The feasibility of adding significant capacity to SR-224 that supports single-occupancy vehicles is doubtful because of environmental and public policy constraints coupled with decreasing availability of parking in and around Park City. Furthermore, widening SR-224 is in direct conflict with Summit County’s and Park City’s long-range plans.
- Mobility on SR-224 is primarily focused on automobiles, with a comparatively slow and infrequent transit option.
- There is a lack of robust and prominent transit service to support adopted transit-oriented development land use policies.
- Much of the SR-224 corridor is rich in natural resources that the project partners wish to protect. The Park City area is a national and international resort destination. The largest impact on the Wasatch Back is a large amount of visitor and auto traffic. Thus, a transportation solution that can consolidate a portion of these trips or provide a direct transit connection between attractions along SR-224 can reduce auto traffic, help preserve natural resources, and help improve the quality of life for both residents and visitors. In addition, being able to provide that connection without widening highways maintains the project partners’ goal of protecting Park City’s resources and small-town feel.