Providing revenue to support the City’s new Transit Master Plan will help the City and its transit partners increase frequency of service to fill gaps in evening, mid-day and weekend service; provide service on new east-west routes; and improve the quality of transit stops.
Better transit service connects residents with jobs and affordable housing, improves air quality, creates more walkable communities and adds to the quality of life of all residents and visitors.
Salt Lake City Transportation is strengthening partnerships to meet the transit critical need. The City and Utah Transit Authority (UTA) are partnering to implement the first phase of the frequent transit network. This network will be complemented through the implementation of a home-to-transit program, as well as a work-to-transit program as a collaboration between the Transportation Division, other City departments and the private sector.
The City and UTA entered an interlocal agreement to ensure the new frequent transit network is ready to launch in August 2019. The interlocal agreement includes higher frequency service and expanded span of service along key initial routes (200 South, 900 South and 2100 South) and additional buses. To prepare for the enhanced service, bus stop improvements along the key initial routes will begin in Spring 2019. The bus stop improvements are expected to be in place with new bus service starting in August 2019.
On Saturday, February 9, the City, in partnership with UTA previewed a section of one of the new bus lines that will run between North Temple and California Avenue in the Glendale and Poplar Grove neighborhoods. Mayor Biskupski and Council Member Johnston kicked-off the event, which ran all afternoon, allowing those in the neighborhood to hop on and try out the new route. Two buses ran in each direction, doing a 20-minute loop, making stops at test locations where future bus stops may be placed.
Residents who rode the bus gave feedback to Transportation Staff and UTA was able to make operations assessments during the trial run. The event provided the City and UTA with valuable information about potential bus stop placements and other features of the new service.
The Transportation Division is also exploring options for on-demand service in residential neighborhoods, connecting residents to destinations and the frequent transit network. In partnership with UTA and UDOT, they have been awarded funding through the American Dream Ideas Challenge to develop a Mobility as a Service program, which will allow for multimodal trip planning and payment on a single platform and through a subscription service.
The Transportation Division is working with the City’s Economic Development Department to implement a Work-to-Transit Program in the Industrial West Side to reduce the high employment turnover there and provide alternative transportation methods to an economic driver of the City.
An additional Planning position was filled in January to address increases in workload and free up capacity to address transit related zoning issues.
Updated February 2019.
The budget information below is for fiscal year 2018-2019 and reflects a shortened collection period that will begin in August 2018. Budgets reflect additional revenue only and do not represent total department spending or existing sales tax revenue.
|Transportation Planner||Hire staff to manage transit programs||$50,000|
|Frequent Transit Network (FTN)||Create a Frequent Transit Network (FTN) on key initial routes (2100 S, 900 S, 200 S, and 600 N or 1000 N) to increase transit service to a frequency of 15-minutes or better, Monday thru Saturday from 5 a.m. to midnight, and add new Sunday service||$2,464,492|
|Home to Transit Pilot Program||Provide home-to-transit ride share services to residents living more than 1/4 mile from a high frequency bus or train with frequency of 15-minutes or better||$700,000|
|Work to Transit Program||Provide start-up funding for the “Work to Transit” Program to develop a cooperative partnership with businesses in Research Park and the Industrial West Side to provide a shuttle type service to employees, and other first mile/last mile solutions. The budget includes start-up costs only; the program will ultimately be managed and funded by businesses||$250,000|
|Fare Pass Analysis||Execute a comprehensive study on best practices for transit pass programs (HIVE Pass) with the goal of increasing the number of transit passes distributed to residents||$30,000|
|Frequent Transit Network (FTN) Marketing and Outreach||Fund branding and a public outreach process for the development of a high frequency bus network (FTN) that will establish new routes and service areas||$250,000|
|Frequent Transit Network (FTN) Capital Improvements||Fund capital improvements associated with the proposed Frequent Transit Network (FTN), including signal upgrades, ADA enhancements, bus stop improvements, etc.||$1,139,000|
|Frequent Transit Network (FTN) Rolling Stock (Buses)||Fund new leases for buses to be used on the proposed Frequent Transit Network (FTN)||$406,000|
|Additional Planner||Hire one new planning position to manage the impacts related to overall infrastructure upgrades||$101,161|