UTA’s light rail network, which just celebrated its 20 year anniversary, has become a backbone of the region’s transportation system. Although very successful, the system must adapt to a growth and evolving travel patterns to retain and improve its vital function in the overall transportation network. Over the years, a range of projects have been considered to optimize the efficiency of the network and expand where necessary. However, all of these elements have not been examined holistically. A comprehensive analysis of the network is needed to determine which improvements UTA should pursue in both the near and long term.

The Future of Light Rail Study will:

  • Analyze and recommend:
    • Service, operational, and capital improvements to the regional light rail network to optimize existing function and accommodate future growth.
    • A fleet strategy to address aging vehicles
  • Evaluate:
    • A range of possibilities related to:
      • Frequency and span of service
      • Potential light rail extensions and new lines
      • Development of new station locations, including infill stations on existing lines
      • Possible changes and additions to end-to-end routing of lines
    • Costs and benefits for each potential improvement will inform the analysis.
  • Propose:
    • A phased approach to implementing realistic incremental enhancements that will meet immediate needs and optimize operational efficiencies.
    • Capital improvements that increase capacity to accommodate future growth and improve system efficiency.
    • A draft light rail system plan to forward into the regional planning process.

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