UTA is soliciting public comments on the FrontRunner expansion in southern Utah County

FrontRunner train. File Photo: Flickr

UTAH COUNTY, Utah, Oct. 14, 2021 (Gephardt Daily) – The Utah Transit Authority is soliciting a public comment on a proposed FrontRunner expansion in southern Utah County.

“A study by the Utah Transit Authority has identified a locally preferred alternative that includes expanding the suburban train, FrontRunner, from Provo to Payson and adding an express bus service from Payson to Santaquin,” said a UTA press release. “The public is invited to comment on this proposal.”

UTA, the Mountainland Association of Governments and seven Utah County’s municipalities have teamed up to conduct the South Valley Transit Study, an assessment of options for providing an expanded transit service from Provo to Santaquin in southern Utah County.

The study evaluated numerous alternatives and selected the locally preferred alternative by assessing factors such as passenger numbers, land use, economic development, costs, potential impacts on the natural and built environment, and public feedback, the press release said. The proposed rapid transit extension would connect to the current Provo rapid transit system and provide high-speed access to Salt Lake and Davis counties for residents of southern Utah Counties. A route map with possible station locations can be found online here.

Mary De La Mare-Schaefer, Study Director and UTA Regional General Manager, said, “The South Valley Transit Study is a proactive effort to address the growth and mobility needs between Provo and Santaquin. With the current and expected growth of this county, we cannot simply put more vehicles on the roads to meet future transportation needs. Transport solutions like this must be part of the strategy to meet the needs of the community. “

The study team and twin city governments are seeking feedback from residents, property owners, business owners and road users. The study team will host a public online meeting to present the locally preferred alternative, answer questions, and seek feedback on the study. The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 19, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Visit the Studies website to register today.

The public can contribute to the locally preferred alternative in the following ways:

  • Visit the website at southvalleytransit.com and leave comments on the interactive map.
  • E-mail [email protected]
  • Call the study hotline at 385-355-3133.
  • Email feedback to South Valley Transit c / o Horrocks Engineers, 2162 West Grove Parkway, Suite 400, Pleasant Grove, UT 84062

Refinements to the locally preferred alternative will be considered based on public input and additional technical analysis before being subjected to an environmental study for further evaluation in 2022.

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