UTA wants your feedback on the 2019 Tentative Budget. Provide feedback at our Nov. 14 public hearing or share your thoughts via phone, email or mail before 5 p.m. on Nov. 30.
Ways to Provide Feedback
In person at our public hearing -1:30 p.m. on Nov. 14, 669 W. 200 South, SLC
Phone - Terri Black at 801-287-3215
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Mail - Address comments to UTA Board of Trustees, Utah Transit Authority, 669 West 200 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
UTA’s 2019 budget will fund projects designed to keep our 20-year-old light rail system in good repair and help us continue to meet the needs of our growing population. Funds will also be used to enhance existing service, complete installation of a federally mandated safety system and make it easier to access and use the UTA system.
State of Good Repair
UTA dedicated to keeping its rail system running safely and efficiently. In 2019, we’ll undertake major projects designed to maintain TRAX, including replacing heavily used sections of track at 400 South and Main Street in Salt Lake City. Please follow us on Twitter for updates on state of good repair projects and associated impacts to service.
In 2019, work will begin on the Depot District Clean Fuels Technology Center. This project will allow us to expand our fleet of buses to up to 150 alternative and clean fuel buses to meet growing public transit needs.
UTA planning to provide convenient TRAX service to a new terminal currently under construction at the Salt Lake City International Airport. Planning and procurement for this project will start in 2019, and construction is expected to take place in 2020- 2021.
We also plan to complete work on a federally mandated safety system called Positive Train Control (PTC). PTC is designed to prevent accidents like train-to-train collisions or incidents caused by excessive speed. FrontRunner already features many of the safety systems required by PTC. In 2019 we anticipate completing work that will bring the system into full compliance with Federal Railroad Administration requirements
Among other projects, UTA will also complete work to improve S-Line service, continue construction on a UVU pedestrian bridge, improve bus stops in Weber and Davis counties using Prop 1 funds and advance design and planning for two new bus rapid transit lines.
In 2019, UTA has budgeted to increase service in Davis, Weber, Tooele and Utah counties. Improvements include increased service in downtown Ogden, the addition of a flex route to provide service between Ogden, West Haven and Roy and expanded service on the Midtown Trolley. Service on a new flex route in Davis County will begin in late 2018. UVX service will continue with no fare required to ride. We are also working with Salt Lake City on plans to increase service along the major travel corridors of 200 South, 900 South and 2100 South.
In addition, we plan to purchase 10 buses as well as 30 paratransit/flex route vehicles and 30 additional rideshare vans to enable us to improve service.
The Tentative Budget is available here. See the public hearing notice for more information about submitting comments by phone, letter or email. After the comment period closes Nov. 30, a final budget will be adopted by the board in December.