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Mountain View Corridor Project Tops Priorities List For UDOT

Apr 30, 2019, 6:34 PM | Updated: 8:50 pm

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah — Mountain View Corridor construction will intensify this summer as road crews push north to meet SR 201.

As part of the approval for that project UDOT and UTA are working together on a mass transit alternative on 5600 West. It’s a proposed bus route that could ease traffic congestion on the west side of the Salt Lake Valley.

That proposal grew from a five mile route to a 29 mile route — that could make a big difference for a lot of people.

“It’s not necessarily about moving cars. It’s about moving people,“ said John Gleason, a UDOT spokesman.

Sometime in the coming years, you should be able to hop on an express bus in West Jordan or West Valley and ride it to the airport, or even downtown.

“It’s all about service,” said Carl Arky, a spokesman for the Utah Transit Authority. “Servicing more people. Servicing them more effectively, more efficiently, making it easier for them to use mass transportation.”

UDOT and UTA came up with the bus route to fulfill that requirement for a multi-pronged transportation solution linked with Mountain View Corridor.

“We’re never going to get to where we need to be by roads alone,” said Gleason. “They’re an important component. But, we have to look at active transportation solutions, transit solutions, a variety of solutions for people that are looking to get around.”

Rapid transit buses will connect riders from downtown Salt Lake City all the way out to the airport, and 5600 W.… then continue south to Old Bingham Highway. The 29-mile route will serve four cities and connect several existing transit routes. It’s nearly six times longer than the original plan.

“It makes more sense to go with a longer route. More people will use it,“ said Arky.

Over on Mountain View Corridor, crews will build from 4100 S. to SR 201 during the next three seasons and should be complete in fall 2021. That north-south link should help motorists on the west side connect with major east-west arteries.

“This is really going to be a difference maker in the way that people travel on the western part of Salt Lake County,” Arky said.

Mountain View Corridor is UDOT’s biggest project in that span of time.

The public is invited to review and comment on proposed Express Bus service until May 16th.

There is no specific time-frame for when this bus service could be up and running. Funding to get it going will be the real key. UTA expects to know more later this year.

The Phase I Transit Proposal can be reviewed online at  http://udot.utah.gov/mountainview. Hard copies can also be found at the Mountain View Corridor offices (3959 West 1820 South, STE 200 in Salt Lake City).

You can submit comments here: udot.utah.gov/mountainview, or by emailing  mountainview@utah.gov. Written comments may also be submitted at the Mountain View Corridor offices.

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