Work on Utah County’s first bus rapid transit (BRT) route is 50 percent complete. The BRT route, which is a key component of the Provo Orem TRIP (Transportation Improvement Project), is scheduled to open in August 2018. The 10.5-mile route will begin service in time for the start of fall semester at BYU and UVU and will provide connections from Provo and Orem FrontRunner stations to the two universities, shopping centers and other major community destinations.
We’re celebrating this milestone from 4 to 5 p.m. tomorrow, Tuesday, Nov. 14, at Provo Central Station. Stop by and check out one of our new BRT buses and get free UTA gear, treats and other goodies while supplies last.
UTA is also in the process of naming the BRT line. After receiving nearly 400 suggestions from the public, the TRIP Executive Committee is in the process of selecting three finalists and two alternates that meet the UTA Board of Trustees’ naming policy. From Dec. 18 to Jan. 5, the public will get to vote on their favorite of the three final names. The winning name will go before the UTA Board of Trustees for final approval in January.
About the Provo Orem TRIP BRT Line
Provo Orem TRIP is designed to provide Utah Valley residents with a convenient connection to FrontRunner, universities, shopping and other amenities. The BRT line is just one aspect of Provo Orem TRIP, which also includes roadway improvements like wider streets and pedestrian-friendly crosswalks, more bike lanes and sidewalk and trail upgrades. The project is a partnership between the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT), Utah Transit Authority (UTA), Mountainland Association of Governments (MAG), Provo, Orem and Utah County.
When the BRT line opens, buses will run in dedicated lanes in the center of the road and have traffic signal priority at stoplights to serve riders quickly, frequently and efficiently. The completed line will have 18 stations served by buses every six minutes during morning and evening rush hours.