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.
Currently, the study focuses on SR-224 between Kimball Junction and Park City, and identifies and compares 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. This study builds on the recent success of the new Electric Xpress service along the corridor.
An Alternative Analysis (AA) is a transit planning study and local planning process that allows public participation to help develop and evaluate benefits, costs and impacts of transportation alternatives in your community.
We will be accepting public comments through Tuesday, December 12.
PURPOSE AND NEED STATEMENT
MID TO LATE 2016
The first step was to develop a Purpose and Need Statement to describe why the project is needed and what the project is intended to accomplish. The public provided input on the Purpose and Need through an online public meeting Dec. 2016-Jan. 2017.
LEVEL 1 – SCREENING FOR MODE
The project team developed a wide variety of transit mode alternatives for SR-224 between Kimball Junction and downtown Park City (the alternatives studied may also work for I-80, which will be studied in the future). The public provided input on the initial set of alternatives through the Dec.-Jan. online public meeting.
Options Selected to Move Forward
The bus rapid transit, rapid streetcar/light rail transit options advanced because they best met the Purpose of the project and meet other screening criteria.
The aerial transit, automated guideway transit, monorail and high speed rail options were screened out based on criteria including travel time, station spacing, cost, aesthetics, potential environmental impacts, corridor context, sustainability and public opinion.
LEVEL 2 – SCREENING FOR ALIGNMENT
A final screening is underway to evaluate the costs and benefits of the remaining options: bus rapid transit or rapid streetcar/light rail transit. The project team is now considering the footprint for the project alignment: down the center, adjacent or running on both sides of SR-224. Provide your input on the alternatives and alignments below.
PRELIMINARY ENVIRONMENTAL ANALYSIS
EARLY TO MID 2017
The project team took a high-level look at potential environmental issues in the study area as part of Level 1 and Level 2 screening. A more in-depth analysis will be conducted in a later environmental documentation phase (including more opportunities for public input).
IDENTIFICATION AND SELECTION OF LPA
The Phase 1 Alternatives Analysis will conclude with a final recommendation called the Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA).
The project team is screening alternative alignments for bus rapid transit and rapid streetcar/light rail transit. The new route would serve the Kimball Junction transit center and connect to a new transit center on Bonanza Drive, just south of Kearns Boulevard (SR-248). The total alignment is about six miles long with stops at Olympic Parkway, Canyons Resort Drive, Bobsled Boulevard and Thaynes Canyon Drive.
Three alternative alignment options are under study. Please take a moment to review and provide your input on each option. A detailed interactive map showing the alternative alignments is linked below.
Alternative 1: Center-Running
The center-running transit line would operate in dedicated lanes at the center of SR-224. Service would start at the Kimball Junction transit hub, loop around Ute Boulevard and run south on SR-224 to Kearns Boulevard (SR-248). The dedicated lane would follow Kearns Boulevard to Bonanza Drive, ending at a new transit station on Bonanza Drive near Munchkin Road.
Alternative 2: Side Running, Both
This alignment would place dedicated transit lanes on both sides of SR-224. Southbound transit would run west of SR-224 and northbound transit east of 224. The transit lanes would run from Kimball Junction to Kearns Boulevard. Southbound transit would turn left at Kearns Boulevard and continue in a dedicated side-running lane to the new transit station on Bonanza Drive. Northbound transit would depart the Bonanza Drive station in regular traffic lanes, merging into the dedicated northbound lane just before reaching the intersection of Kearns Boulevard and SR-224.
For this alternative, only BRT is considered to minimize impacts.
Alternative 3: Side-Running
The west side-running transit line would operate in a dedicated lane west of SR-224. Service would start at the Kimball Junction transit hub, looping around Ute Boulevard and running south on SR-224 to Kearns Boulevard. Between Kearns Boulevard and the Bonanza Drive station, transit would use regular traffic lanes.
Explore the Interactive Study Map
Transit planners developed an interactive map to show additional detail for the alignment options. Follow this link to access the map.
On the top right hand menu, select “Layers” and click on the arrow beside “SR 224 Constraints Map.” Select the layers you wish to view by clicking the boxes along the left side of the menu. A legend will appear on the left side of the page for each layer selected. Use the icons at the top left of the map to zoom in or out, to re-center the map, or to search for a specific street address.