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, October 31.

Study Timeline

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.

View the Purpose Statement (PDF)

 
LEVEL 1 – SCREENING FOR MODE
LATE 2016

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.

View the Summary of Public Comments

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.

Options Eliminated
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
MID 2017

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
FALL 2017

The Phase 1 Alternatives Analysis will conclude with a final recommendation called the Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA).

 

ALIGNMENT OPTIONS

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.

Center Running BRT

In your opinion, how well would this alignment fit with the needs of the community?

Not at all
Very well

* Your selection here will automatically transfer to the form below where you can finalize it before submitting.

Center Running Streetcar/LRT

In your opinion, how well would this alignment fit with the needs of the community?

Not at all
Very well

* Your selection here will automatically transfer to the form below where you can finalize it before submitting.

Alternative Cost* Preliminary Traffic Effect Preliminary Environmental Effect
AlternativeBus Rapid TransitCost*

Capital: $72M
Operating: $3M
Cost per Rider: $6

Traffic Impact

LOW/MED

Environmental Impact

LOW/MED

AlternativeStreetcar or LRTCost*

Capital: $228M
Operating: $7M
Cost per Rider: $17

Traffic Impact

LOW/MED

Environmental Impact

LOW/MED

*Costs listed here are estimates only
Please enter any additional comments regarding this alternative

* Please enter any additional thoughts about this alternative and click 'Save'. Your comments will be copied to the comment form below, where you can finalize them before submitting.

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.

Side Running BRT

In your opinion, how well would this alignment fit with the needs of the community?

Not at all
Very well

* Your selection here will automatically transfer to the form below where you can finalize it before submitting.

Alternative Cost* Preliminary Traffic Effect Preliminary Environmental Effect
AlternativeBus Rapid TransitCost*

Capital: $62M
Operating: $3M
Cost per Rider: $6

Traffic Impact

LOW

Environmental Impact

LOW

*Costs listed here are estimates only
Please enter any additional comments regarding this alternative

* Please enter any additional thoughts about this alternative and click 'Save'. Your comments will be copied to the comment form below, where you can finalize them before submitting.

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.

West Side Running BRT

In your opinion, how well would this alignment fit with the needs of the community?

Not at all
Very well

* Your selection here will automatically transfer to the form below where you can finalize it before submitting.

West Side Running Streetcar/LRT

In your opinion, how well would this alignment fit with the needs of the community?

Not at all
Very well

* Your selection here will automatically transfer to the form below where you can finalize it before submitting.

Alternative Cost* Preliminary Traffic Effect Preliminary Environmental Effect
AlternativeBus Rapid TransitCost*

Capital: $67M
Operating: $3M
Cost per Rider: $6

Traffic Impact

MED
On SR-224 at Kearns Boulevard and at Bonanza Drive

Environmental Impact

MED

AlternativeStreetcar or LRTCost*

Capital: $222M
Operating: $7M
Cost per Rider: $17

Traffic Impact

MED
On SR-224 at Kearns Boulevard and at Bonanza Drive

Environmental Impact

MED

*Costs listed here are estimates only
Please enter any additional comments regarding this alternative

* Please enter any additional thoughts about this alternative and click 'Save'. Your comments will be copied to the comment form below, where you can finalize them before submitting.


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.

ALTERNATIVES SUMMARY

Alternative Cost Preliminary Traffic Effect Preliminary Environmental Effect
Alternative 1: Center-Running Bus Rapid Transit
Alternative 1: Center-Running Streetcar or LRT
Alternative 2: Side Running, Both Bus Rapid Transit
Alternative 3: Side-Running Bus Rapid Transit
Alternative 3: Side-Running Streetcar or LRT

CONCLUSION

After completing the screening process for the three potential alternative alignments and reviewing public input, the project team will recommend the Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA). The LPA will be analyzed in depth in a future environmental phase. Future phases of the study may also include a more in-depth look at I-80 and connections between the Salt Lake Valley and Park City. UDOT is also planning to study SR-248 between SR-224 and US-40 starting later this year.

In your opinion, how well would each alignment fit with the needs of the community?

Alternative 1: Center-Running BRT

Not at all Very well

Alternative 1: Center-Running LRT

Not at all Very well

Do you have any additional comments for Alternative 1 BRT / LRT?

Alternative 2: Side Running, Both

Not at all Very well

Do you have any additional comments for Alternative 2?

Alternative 3: Side-Running BRT

Not at all Very well

Alternative 3: Side-Running LRT

Not at all Very well

Do you have any additional comments for Alternative 3 BRT / LRT?

After seeing the interactive map do you have any feedback or points the project team should consider?

Please provide any additional comments the study team should consider before recommending a locally preferred alternative.

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