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Transplan50 Document

After a year of public input and discussion with county stakeholders, TransPlan50 was approval by the Regional Planning Committee. TransPlan50 is the transportation plan for Utah County leading up to 2050.

Stakeholders include mayors, city council members, planning commissioners, city and agency members, legislators, and citizens. Together they compiled a draft of projects and goals that would benefit Utah County and its projected population growth. TransPlan50 has five overall goals:

  1. Update the current regional road system to a metropolitan grid-based network.
  2. Explore additional freeways and add capacity.
  3. Create a robust transit system.
  4. Build a regionally connected active transportation system.
  5. Preserve what we have.

These goals have been divided into a plan that is split into four different phases. Each phase lasts ten years and attempts to minimize impacts on society and the environment while providing for enough capacity and transportation choices to ensure the region’s economy continues to grow.

By 2050 Utah County’s population is expected to double and without building any further road capacity, congestion would increase to about 11 times the current delay. TransPlan50 focuses on working with current and creating new transportation systems to circumvent these problems.

The regional road system has a proposed grid system, which will decrease congestion. It includes creating or expanding freeway/expressways and main roads. The grid system needs to work with the geographical restraints of Utah County including the mountains and Utah Lake, which can create chokepoints of congestion, as well as population concerns.

The planned major transit solutions include new bus routes, a possible double track of commuter rail, and expanding the FrontRunner commuter rail system further south. Modeling demonstrates that light rail will work in Utah County from Salt Lake County to Spanish Fork. Future funding will need to be identified to construct the majority of the system.

TransPlan50 also looks at bike and pedestrian trails for active people in Utah County. On-street buffered and protected bike lanes are underway and are planned to continue.