Purpose:

Assess the land availability, public support, accessibility, and market strength surrounding the UTA transit system, for the sake of understanding both the current and desired conditions for each station area. The regional vision (Wasatch Choice 2040) is to be used as a basis for station types and definitions. A standardized data set is to be used to assess the various conditions of each station and produce an index describing which stations are best suited for development.

Scale and Scope:

The TOD System Plan is regional in nature, the area being determined by existing and potential transportation facilities. This plan is updated on an annual basis and depicts which projects are currently in some stage of development, and which transit hubs are prepared to begin development.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • The TOD System Plan is to include regional partners and stakeholders. At minimum this is to include UTA and any Metropolitan Planning Organizations that directly relate to the UTA transit system.
  • Other participating parties may include representatives from State, County, and Municipal organizations, as necessary.
  • Participating parties are to assist with creating, acquiring, and updating process inputs, especially the Unified Transportation Plan and Regional Vision (Wasatch Choice 2050).

Approvals:

The TOD System Plan is presented to the UTA Board of Trustees on an annual basis. During this presentation, the Board of Trustees approves of projects that have been identified as “high priority projects”, that UTA will pursue through the subsequent year.

End Products:

The end product of the TOD System Plan is a common interface that depicts the priority of TOD at individual stations, as well as a typology that describes what type of development is anticipated to occur. This interface is to be both in- and out-facing, and is intended to be consumed by UTA, local governments, private developers, as well as the general public.

From the common interface, annual reports are to be exported by UTA Staff, and used to communicate TOD priorities to the UTA Board of Trustees.

TOD System Plan Process:

 

  1. Data Input: The TOD System Plan utilizes and interprets an array of data pertaining to; market strength, land availability, public support, and accessibility. To decrease the user error risks, the TOD System Plan is designed to gather data inputs automatically and on a regular basis.
  2. Data Processing: Data inputs are processed by the TOD System Plan to calculate which stations within the UTA System exhibit the best conditions for development. As with Data Input, this task is performed automatically, by the TOD System Plan. Some Data Inputs, such as public support may require manual entries.
  3. Selection Review & Approval: On an biannual basis, the TOD Department is to export a status report from the TOD System Plan, for the purposes of validating the priorities depicted in the common interface, and to communicate TOD priorities to the UTA Board of Trustees. If irregularities are evident in the exported report, recalibration of the data inputs and processing is to be considered.
  4. Does Current SAP Exist for Selection?: Individual stations that are categorized as “high priority” within the TOD System Plan are to be assessed to see if a current station area plan exists. If a station area plan does not exist for the station, preparations are to be made with the respective local government to begin the planning process. If a station area plan does exist, findings from the station plan are to be reviewed for the purpose of the conceptual planning and procurement processes.
  5. Funding Source Identification: Instances in which a current station area plan does not exist, UTA Staff is to collaborate with regional organizations, local governments, and other stakeholder groups to identify funding sources that may be used to complete a station area plan.