salt lake city olympics transportation

salt lake city olympics transportation
1. What is CommuterLink?
2. How does CommuterLink work?
3. How did CommuterLink begin?
4. How is CommuterLink funded?
5. How effective is CommuterLink?
6. Does this mean I'll never have to stop at a red light again?
7. Why does Utah need ComuterLink?
8. Will CommuterLink save me money?
9. How does CommuterLink enhance safety?
10. Is CommuterLink a law enforcement tool?
11. Will the camera footage be recorded and saved?
12. How can I find out if there is a transportation problem along my route?
13. What is the 511 travel information line and how does it work?
14. What is connection protection and how does it work?
15. Why are the electronic roadway signs blank most of the time?
16. What is the Amber Alert? How is it related to Commuterlink?
17. How will CommuterLink change over time?
18. Can I tour the Traffic Operations Center or get more information?
19. Do the map pages automatically refresh?
20. What is the best browser to use when viewing the CommuterLink Web
CommuterLink is an Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) that uses
technology to save lives, time, and money. It is a computer-controlled system
designed to monitor and manage traffic flow on freeways and surface streets.
System components include closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras,
electronic roadway signs (ERS), the 511 Travel Information Line, coordinated
traffic signals, ramp meters, traffic speed and volume sensors, pavement
sensors, and weather sensors.
Using closed-circuit TV cameras, traffic and weather sensors, coordinated
traffic signals, and ramp meters, operators in the Utah Department of
Transportation (UDOT) Traffic Operation Center (TOC) monitor and manage
traffic flow on surface streets and freeways. The UDOT TOC is connected to
smaller Traffic Control Centers (TCCs) in Salt Lake City and Salt Lake
County, as well as UTA's three Radio Control Centers. All these agencies
work together to improve travel along the Wasatch Front. The traffic, weather,
and accident information collected at the TOC is communicated to Utah
travelers via the 511 Travel Information Line, electronic roadway signs, radio,
television, and the Internet. This information helps travelers 適now Before
They Go・and allows them to make informed transportation decisions.
As Utah continues to grow, so does the challenge of mobility. In 1995, the
Utah Senate passed Senate Bill 1995-12, which addressed Utah's
transportation challenges by establishing a Traffic Management Committee to
work with UDOT in implementing Traffic Management Systems on state
highways. The Traffic Management Committee (TMC) consists of
representatives from Salt Lake City, UDOT, Wasatch Front Regional Council,
Mountainlands Association of Governments, Salt Lake County, the
Department of Public Safety, and the Utah Department of Air Quality. This
committee recognized the benefits of using an Intelligent Transportation
System (ITS) to manage traffic flow and improve the efficiency of existing
roads. The Utah Transit Authority and the Federal Highway Administration
also partnered with the TMC as additional ITS possibilities were explored.
CommuterLink is made possible through the cooperation of these public
The total cost to implement the initial phase of CommuterLink was $70 million
・$1 million in local funds, $52 million in state funds, and $17 million in federal
In its first years of operation, CommuterLink has proven its effectiveness. The
system has already helped increase peak-hour freeway speeds by 20% and
reduce freeway delays, traffic signal stops, and intersection delays by 36%,
15%, and 27%, respectively. And this is just the beginning of what
CommuterLink has to offer.
Although CommuterLink cannot guarantee you will only get green lights, the
system does help make traveling along the Wasatch Front more efficient.
CommuterLink has already helped reduce traffic signal stops by 15%. It has
also helped reduce intersection delays by 27 %. Continued benefits are
anticipated as the timing at more and more intersections is updated.
CommuterLink has already improved the safety and efficiency of
transportation all along the Wasatch Front. Many Utah cities and towns are
experiencing significant population growth, with the accompanying traffic
congestion and economic impacts. CommuterLink is a cost-effective and
efficient solution to help relieve congestion on roads and highways. Although
CommuterLink doesn稚mean we will never need to build additional roads, it
represents a transportation solution that allows the maximum efficiency on
existing roads.
Yes, in only its first few years of operation, CommuterLink has already saved
Utahns time and money. By increasing peak-hour freeway speeds while
reducing freeway delays, traffic signal stops, and intersection delays,
CommuterLink is projected to save Utahns more than $100 million each year.
By reducing congestion, CommuterLink helps decrease the number of
accidents that occur. When accidents do occur, CommuterLink helps
emergency personnel quickly identify, respond to, and clear the accident.
These highly trained personnel include UDOT痴Incident Management Team
members who help stranded motorists and assist the highway patrol in
managing traffic around accidents.
CommuterLink is designed to increase the safety and efficiency of local roads
and freeways and to inform drivers of adverse conditions such as accidents
or congestion. It is not intended to identify speeders or enforce traffic laws.
As a general rule, camera footage will not be recorded and saved. Some
occasional camera footage may be recorded strictly for training purposes.
This footage will be used to analyze and improve responses to future
roadway incidents.
One of the most important features of CommuterLink is its ability to give
Utahns valuable real-time transportation information. The transportation,
weather, and accident information constantly gathered at the TOC is
communicated to Utah travelers via the 511 Travel Information Line, radio,
television, the Internet, and electronic message signs along the roadways.
5-1-1 is a FREE travel information phone number that offers statewide
updates on transportation, including traffic, winter road conditions, public
transit, and Lake Powell Ferry services. With 511, finding the transportation
information you need to 適now Before You Go・is easier than ever before.
Like dialing 911 for an emergency or 411 for directory assistance, those who
travel in Utah can dial 511 toll-free to obtain transportation information.
Travelers wishing to access the system from outside the state can call 866511-UTAH (8824). The system is voice-activated, allowing callers to simply
speak their requests instead of having to select options by dialing more
numbers. Utah was one of the first states to launch 511 after the Federal
Communications Commission officially designated 511 as a nationwide
number for travel information in July 2000.
Connection Protection is part of a program called Bus/Rail Integration that
uses advanced technology and communications to track and predict TRAX
train departure times, provide the information to the electronic platform signs,
send location and status information to TRAX Controllers, and send data
messages to specific buses waiting at TRAX stations. If a TRAX train is
delayed past the scheduled transfer window that usually allows for bus
transfers, the system automatically generates a message to the mobile data
terminals of waiting buses that gives hold instructions to the bus operator and
radio controllers. This protects the customer's transfer connection between
trains and buses giving passengers a truly protected and seamless
connection from their train to their bus.
The system works by simultaneously tracking all trains in the system and
comparing them against their schedule several times each minute. If a train is
running more than three minutes behind schedule, the system begins to
check forward to see if any bus connections are at risk of being missed. If any
connections are identified, then the system automatically generates a
message to the waiting buses giving them specific instructions to hold so that
any passengers transferring from the train to buses will not miss those
connections. For example, if a train is supposed to arrive in Sandy at 11:30,
but is predicted to arrive at 11:34 due to a delay, the connecting buses to
Utah County will receive a message telling them to wait at the station until
11:36 to give passengers time to transfer. The Connection Protection system
covers 18 bus routes that carry nearly 20,000 passengers each weekday.
Connection Protection is just one example of how technology in
transportation is being used to enhance transit services in Utah.
To maximize the effectiveness of the variable message signs, they are blank
when conditions are normal and are only used when there is a problem.
Messages will only appear on the signs if there is an accident, a road closure,
or another condition that motorists need to be aware of.
鄭mber Alert・is the name of Utah痴Child Abduction Alert System. This
system is a voluntary, cooperative partnership between law-enforcement and
other agencies as well as local broadcasters. It is designed to alert the public
when a child has been abducted and is believed to be in grave danger.
CommuterLink has been selected as an 登fficial source・of Amber Alert
information and supports the system by disseminating information to the
public via electronic roadway signs, highway advisory radio, the 511 Travel
Information Line, the CommuterLink website, and e-mail alerts. To find out if
there is currently an Amber Alert, you may click on the 鄭lerts・button on the
top toolbar of this website and then select 鄭mber / Child Abduction
Alerts.・You will also experience a pop-up alert when you log onto this site if
there is a current Amber Alert.
The public plays an essential role in the success of the Amber Alert. The plan
relies on the public to help locate abducted children before it's too late.
Following are instructions for the public:
*If you hear an Amber Alert be on the lookout for the child and suspect
described in the alert message. The alert will include a telephone number so
you can report any sightings to that number as soon as possible. Call 911 if
you are unsure of the number.
*Local TV and radio broadcasters will have updated information about the
victim or suspect. You can also obtain 鄭mber Alert・information by calling
511 or by checking this website (
*If you witness a child abduction, contact your local law enforcement agency
or 911 to report it quickly. Be sure to make note of important information such
as the physical characteristics of the child and suspect, the make and model
of any vehicles involved (including license plate numbers if possible), and the
precise location of the abduction.
Plans are already underway to extend the area covered by CommuterLink. In
the future, CommuterLink will incorporate vehicle location-based schedule
information from UTA buses and light rail vehicles. Next train and scheduled
arrivals by station for TRAX light rail trains will soon be available along with
real-time transit alerts via the Web, the 511 Travel Information Line, and
wireless Web on your phone ( Advanced electronic payment
services on buses and at light rail stations will also make transit easier to use.
To schedule a tour of the TOC or for more information, please call (801) 8873710. To take a virtual on-line tour of UDOT's TOC, visit the virtual tour
portion of this site.
Yes, all map pages on this site will automatically reload with new fresh
images and data every 5 minutes. After connecting to the site you could
leave the page open for hours and see the traffic information updated on a
regular basis.
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Not all those "going for the gold" were athletes at the justcompleted Winter Olympic games in Salt Lake City. Timothy
Harpst, the transportation director for the city of Salt Lake, told
engineers attending a conference at Montana State University
that the transportation group gave a gold medal worthy
The transportation group for the Olympics had the monumental Timothy Harpst, Salt
task of moving 3,500 athletes and coaches, 10,000 media
Lake City
members, 60,000 volunteers and 1,600,000 spectators during
the two weeks of the Olympics.
"We succeeded beyond our wildest dreams," Harpst said during the MSU Spring
Engineering Festival.
Prior to the Olympics, the residents of Salt Lake City were polled to determine
what their greatest concerns were regarding the Olympics. In that poll, 60
percent cited transportation as an area of concern. Harpst said in a poll taken just
after the conclusion of the Olympics, 87 percent of those polled rated
transportation during the Olympics as good or excellent.
Harpst said the key to success was planning. The transportation group first came
together in its planning efforts in June 1995, shortly after the city was officially
awarded the Olympics bid.
The Olympic Transportation Working Group was tasked with creating a concept
plan for each of the Olympic venues. This included table top exercises with the
Department of Justice where every venue went through a four hour exercise of
reacting to the "what ifs" of snow storms, earthquakes, terrorism fire and other
"Prior to Sept. 11, all of the transportation plans had been ready to go," Harpst
said. "After Sept. 11, they had to be re-reviewed by the security organizations.
They spent five weeks going over the plans and only made two changes to the
original plan. That's because early on we had decided that we needed to have
security personnel involved in transportation planning."
The transportation plan contained seven critical elements for success: a
transportation guide, expanded light rail, the Mountain Venue Express,
transportation Web site, 511 traveler information number, AM radio campaign,
and "Know Before You Go" campaign.
Transportation Guide. The 35-page transportation guide was mailed to
everyone who bought tickets to the Olympics. It contained, pictures, maps and
detailed explanations of restrictions and closures.
"Ten separate temporary park and ride lots were created to shuttle people to
downtown Salt Lake City," he said.
Expanded light rail and bus service. An additional 29 light rail vehicles and
1,000 busses were borrowed to supplement the transit fleet normally serving the
Mountain Venue Express. Round trip bus rides were offered between Salt Lake
City and the Olympics' mountain venues. It was a subscription service that was
originally available for $75 and was eventually reduced to $5 to help ease
congestion concerns on the interstate sytem.
Web site: Olympic information was posted there on
a minute by minute basis. During the Olympics the site received 9,400 visits
511 phone number. This was a voice activated free travel information phone
service about traffic and road conditions, event locations, driving directions and
transit instructions. It was used over a thousand times a day during the Olympics.
AM radio. Four four minute Olympic updates were heard every hour with road
information, weather, spectator and event information.
Campaign. "Know Before You Go." An advertising campaign featuring television
and radio commercials. It also included a "Business Game Plan" with 150
ambassadors who visited 150 of the city's largest employees and helped them
plan how to keep their businesses going and their employees on the job during
the Olympics.
On a regular day the light rail system in Salt Lake City will handle 20,000
passengers with 80,000 served in regular bus routes. On the average Olympic
Day there were 100,000 passengers on the light rail system and 42,000 on the
shuttle busses. The peak transportation day during the Olympics was Feb. 16
when 142,000 people were handled on the light rail and 79,000 on the shuttle
busses and 80,000 on the regular bus routes.
Harpst said it was estimated that the Mountain Venue Express kept 30,000
spectators out of their cars and 12,500 vehicles off the roads.
"Why did it all work?" asked Harpst. "It was a lot of planning, a lot of cooperation
and a lot of luck. People really wanted it all to work well."
By Brenda McDonald -- [email protected]
Posted for March 6, 2002,3949,70001901,00.html
Panel hears glowing report of Oly transit
By Lee Davidson
Deseret News Washington correspondent
WASHINGTON — The Salt Lake Olympics showed that mass transit, not just
highways, can be a key to solving huge transportation challenges — and that it
should be funded generously, Utah and national officials told Congress
That came in the first of an expected yearlong series of hearings by the
Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee on reauthorization next
year of the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21).
Congress considers a major transportation bill every five years, drafting new
formulas for funding competing arms of transportation, including highways and
mass transit. TEA-21 and its current formulas expire Sept. 30, 2003.
Utah Transit Authority General Manager John Inglish said success at the
Olympics, where 4 million people were moved over 17 days, shows that mass
transit can be a major component of making overall transportation flow smoothly,
and that people are now willing and eager to use it.
"On our peak day, our light-rail system carried an incredible 144,000 people.
This compared to 170,000 people who traveled during the same period on a sixlane freeway," Inglish said.
He added that the mass transit effort during the Olympics was huge but paid
off with an overall system that worked well and safely.
"We had more than 700 buses from 24 states, 29 light-rail cars from Dallas
and over 1,000 driver/operators from 47 states, including Hawaii. These 1,000
drivers were senior operators and were literally 'the best of the best' from around
the country," Inglish said.
The TRAX light-rail system, with 33 cars, normally carries about 20,000
passengers per month (per day???). During the 17 days of the Games, using the
extra 29 cars, TRAX carried 1.7 million riders — an average of 100,000 per day.
Inglish added that polls of residents and visitors showed that 94 percent had
a good to excellent experience with transportation during the Olympics, which he
credited in part to the mass transit system reducing congestion.
Sen. Bob Bennett, R-Utah, noted that the opposite occurred in the 1996
Atlanta Olympics, where transportation was considered a disaster. He said using
lessons from Atlanta and teamwork between the state and federal government
made transportation at the Salt Lake Olympics a success.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Norm Mineta said he was also impressed with
lessons learned from the Olympics — especially in how to improve security in
mass transit in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks.
"While providing enhanced security, transit systems in the Salt Lake City area
simultaneously moved record levels of users to and from multiple Olympic
venues over a 17-day period without a serious security incident," Mineta said.
"In partnership with federal, state and local law enforcement officials, we
formed new security relationships during the Olympic experience that will serve
as a benchmark for future efforts," Mineta said.
William Miller, president of the American Public Transportation Association,
noted that "new light-rail service in Salt Lake City is exceeding estimates and
was a big success during the recent Olympic Games" — and that transit systems
nationwide are seeing booming use, showing Congress should fund them
Committee Chairman Paul Sarbanes, D-Md., noted that mass transit
ridership nationwide has increased 23 percent since 1995.
He said that means "it's grown faster than the population, which grew 4.5
percent; faster than highway use, up 12 percent; and faster than domestic air
travel has risen, at 12 percent."
Sarbanes said his committee faces tough decisions on how to decide which
transit systems should be expanded, which new ones should be started, and how
to divide money between highways, transit and other programs.
Contributing: Zack Van Eyck
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Transit Providers "Drive For The Gold" To Move 1.6 million Athletes and
Spectators Around Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City, UT--February 14, 2002 -- When athletes, spectators and
journalists from around the globe travel to the Olympic events in Utah this
week, they are relying on public transportation vehicles and personnel from
more than 60 communities around the nation.
Prior to the start of the Winter Games, hundreds of buses, light rail cars,
transit operators, mechanics and managers arrived in Salt Lake City from
as far away as Honolulu to help move the estimated 1.6 million athletes,
trainers, officials, media, sponsors, staff and spectators attending the
Games. Eleven hundred transit personnel and more than 700 buses are on
loan from public transportation organizations across the United States.
"Investing in public transportation helped Salt Lake City to be selected as
host of the 2002 Winter Olympics," said John Inglish, head of the Utah
Transit Authority (UTA). "In anticipation of the Games, we accelerated our
plans for a new light rail extension. We are especially grateful to Dallas
Areas Rapid Transit (Dallas, TX) for the loan of 29 light rail vehicles, which
more than doubled our fleet."
More than two years ago, the Salt Lake Organizing Committee (SLOC)
launched a program called "Drive for the Gold" to recruit operators from
throughout the country to drive buses and other vehicles at the Games.
America's public transportation agencies willingly stepped forward to help
by sending equipment, people and expertise. More than 1,000 transit
operators volunteered to come during vacation time to assist Salt Lake City
during the Games.
"We were ready when the Games began, but we couldn't have done it with
out the support and assistance of public transportation organizations
throughout the country," said SLOC Managing Director of Transportation
Tom Halleran. "We are extremely grateful that so many cities have shown
their Olympic pride by pitching in to help us get a hundreds of thousands of
visitors in our city where they need to go safely, conveniently and on time."
In 1999, UTA opened its new 15-mile, 16-stop TRAX light rail line. The
entire system has met with tremendous success, transporting more than
25,000 passengers daily. In Dec. 2001, the line was extended to reach the
University of Utah, the site of the Olympic Village and the opening and
closing ceremonies. The UTA will also be operating regular bus service and
shuttle routes throughout the Games.
"The light rail system was an instant success for our city," Inglish said.
"Now, Salt Lake City and America's public transportation systems are
teaming up to make these Olympic Games a world-class success for
American Public Transportation Association President William W. Millar
said, "Good transit is good business and a great way to bring communities
together for the Olympics and other major sporting events. This has been
demonstrated in cities from Boston to Dallas and from Miami to Portland,
Oregon. Public transit ridership is at its highest level in 40 years and is
particularly effective in moving large numbers of people to and from
sporting events and stadiums."
A list of the cities donating personnel and equipment follows. For more
information about Salt Lake City's Olympic transportation plan, please visit
Transportation Planning
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High Impact Transportation Areas
Interstate 80 (I-80)
Sporting events planned for the Park City area include bobsleigh, luge, skeleton, ski
jumping and nordic combined events at the Utah Olympic Park; giant slalom,
snowboard parallel and halfpipe at Park City Mountain Resort; and slalom, freestyle
moguls and aerials at Deer Valley Resort. Add the biathlon, cross-country and nordic
combined events at Soldier Hollow in the Heber City/Midway area, and you can see
the potential for major congestion on I-80 through Parley's Canyon. To help
everyone deal with this high-impact area, please follow these simple guidelines.
Principle Transportation Systems During the Games
During the Games four principal transportation systems will be available to transport spectators to
the sporting venues and the other festivities so they can avoid driving cars to these destinations.
The existing UTA TRAX system, along with the new University TRAX line, will operate
at a higher frequency with longer trains than usual. UTA has added ten new cars and
arranged to borrow 29 additional light-rail vehicles, nearly doubling the number of cars
that currently run. The University line, which will open this winter, will operate during the
Games except after 1 p.m. on February 6, 8, and 24 to allow for preparations related to
the Opening and Closing Ceremonies. On those dates, shuttle busses will run between a
location near the Courthouse station and Rice Eccles Olympic Stadium.
The UTA fixed-route bus system will continue to operate its regularly scheduled
services. Riding the bus will be more convenient than ever, traveling to TRAX or directly
to downtown. Minor changes to normal routes will be presented in upcoming issues of
Peak Experience.
An entirely new Park and Ride transportation system, exclusively for Games-time
use, will transport people from 30,000 spaces in 45 existing lots, commercial lots and
temporary parking lots in the Salt Lake Valley to the Salt Lake Ice Center, Rice-Eccles
Olympic Statium and the Olympic Medals Plaza. Park and Ride Lots located closer to
specific venues will also serve Snowbasin Ski Area, Soldier Hollow, Deer Valley Resort,
Park City Mountain Resort and he Peaks Ice Arena in Provo. The remaining venues will
have Park and Walk lots, allowing spectators to park within walking distance of The Ice
Sheet at Ogden, E Center, Utah Olympic Oval and Utah Olympic Park.
A Mountain Express bus service will operate a deluxe, express transportation service
for a fee from Salt Lake City, Ogden and Provo to unloading areas at several of the
mountain venues. This service will be on an advance-reservation basis only. For more
information. . .
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Air Quality Conformity Demonstrated for Salt Lake County Utah (12/2000)
The Wasatch Front Regional Council (WFRC), Metropolitan Planning
Organization (MPO) for the Salt Lake City urbanized area has avoided a
conformity lapse that was to be effective January 11, 2001. The potential for the
lapse was due to the MPO’s use of an older EPA model (MOBLE 4) for the
previous conformity demonstration, for particulate matter (PM-10), on the long
range transportation plan and transportation improvement program. Using the
current EPA MOBLE 5 emissions model and other upgrades, such as using local
vehicle fleet mix data instead of EPA defaults, the WFRC produced an updated
conformity analysis. After review and coordination with the USEPA, the Utah
Department of Environmental Quality, and the Utah Department of
Transportation, FHWA and FTA jointly approved the new conformity
determination effective January 2, 2001.
Interstate 15 Design/Build Reconstruction Project (9/2000)
On October 16, 2000, the $1.59 billion Interstate 15 Design/Build Reconstruction
Project will showcase several major project openings. The first will be the entire
southern portion of the project, from 10600 South to the I-15/I-215 junction, a
length of approximately 6.5 miles. This section will be completely open to traffic
in its final configuration. The October 16th date is a project milestone date with
contractor financial incentives tied to it. The other two openings, occurring on the
following day, will restore two major interstate movements that have been closed
since early in the project (Fall, 1997). The I-15 northbound to I-80 westbound
movement (flyover ramp), one of the primary routes from downtown Salt Lake
City to the Salt Lake City Airport, will be opened, as will the I-80 eastbound
movement to the 600 South viaduct, the primary route from the Salt Lake City
Airport to downtown Salt Lake City.
The I-15 Project is the largest single contract Design/Build project in the nation’s
transportation history, involving the complete reconstruction of over 16.5 miles of
interstate highway through the Salt Lake City metropolitan area. The project is
currently on schedule and under budget with completion anticipated for July 15,
Environmentally Exempt Project Sets High Standards (6/2000)
In preparation for the 2002 Winter Olympics, a new access road - Trappers Loop
Road, is being constructed to provide bus access to the Snowbasin Ski Area.
Snowbasin is the site of the 2002 Olympic alpine downhill events. While by
legislation this project is exempt from normal environmental and permitting
requirements, the owners, U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and the Utah Department
of Transportation (UDOT), are designing and constructing this project with a
higher sensitivity to environmental concerns. The owners are partnering with
local governments, special interest groups such as the Sierra Club and Save Our
Canyons club, the Olympic Committee, and other state and federal agencies.
The project incorporates numerous mitigation measures including: wetland
replacement, wildlife controls, erosion and slide controls, and extensive
landscaping. Continuing through construction, the partnering concept provides
for scheduled inspections by the environmental groups to progressively improve
the project aesthetics and resource protection. From inception to completion in
the Fall of 2000, this project has been fast-tracked yet the owners truly
addressed environmental concerns. Additional information about the project can
be found on the UDOT project web site:
Utah - Salt Lake and Utah Counties Under Threat of a Conformity Lapse
Salt Lake and Utah Counties, non-attainment areas for particulate matter (PM10), are under the threat of a conformity lapse. Current conformity
determinations, which expire in August 2000 for Utah County and January 2001
for Salt Lake County, are based on the EPA MOBLE4 emissions model which is
no longer acceptable for use because it is outdated. A complete update of the
PM-10 SIP using the latest MOBLE model for each of the PM-10 areas has just
gotten underway and is expected to be completed in April of 2002. The State
and the MPO’s are currently reviewing the TIP’s and the STIP to advance critical
projects in these areas before the lapses occur. The impacts to the 2002 Winter
Olympics in Salt Lake City are expected to be minimal as most of the major
transportation projects needed to support the games are either underway or will
be underway by the lapse dates.
Salt Lake City, Utah 2002 Winter Olympics Just Two Years Away (2/2000)
Exactly two-years remain before Utah hosts the 2002 Winter Olympic Games. A
joint effort at transportation planning in preparation for the impacts of the games
involving the local cities, the Salt Lake Olympic Organizing Committee, the Utah
Transit Authority, the Utah Department of Transportation, and most of the
Federal Modal administrations agencies (FHWA, FTA, FRA, FAA) has been
underway for over four-years. Nearly 600,000 spectators from around the world
are expected to visit Salt Lake City as well as 9,000 media persons, and 5,000
Olympic family/athletes. Significant improvements to the transportation
infrastructure will be ready by February 2002 including the widening of 17-miles
of I-15 from 6 to 12 lanes, the opening of the North-South light rail line,
reconstruction of the I-80 interchanges in the Park City area, and completion of
an $80.0 Million ATMS system. Future plans also include borrowing up to 1400
transit buses from transit operators across the nation to move spectators during
the games and the construction of at least 3 temporary park and ride lots capable
of holding 6,000 cars each.
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All a mistake: A transit planning report showing
a long wait is quashed
By John Keahey
The Salt Lake Tribune
Regional transportation planners touched off a
firestorm Tuesday by saying it might be two decades before West Valley City gets a light-rail
Doug Hattery, planning manager for the Wasatch Front Regional Council staff, rescinded that
statement late Tuesday and said the staff made a mistake in sending to The Salt Lake Tribune
maps and other documents showing that time frame.
"This map does not represent the council staff's recommendation for phasing," said a council
The statement and letters sent Tuesday to West Valley City Mayor Dennis Nordfelt and Utah
Transit Authority boss John Inglish were designed to assuage the officials' surprise over the staff's
mistaken pronouncement.
City and transit officials are pursuing a plan to build light-rail extensions within the next
decade to West Valley City and the mid-Jordan area of the western Salt Lake Valley.
The map released Monday showed that the mid-Jordan line through Midvale, West Jordan and
South Jordan would be built between 2004 and 2012, and that the West Valley City line would be
delayed until sometime between 2023 and 2030.
This did not go down well in West Valley City.
"We have a transit center that is the third-busiest in the valley behind Salt Lake
City and the University of Utah, and we're the second-largest city in the state," said
Jeff Hawker, West Valley City rails project coordinator. "The idea that a light-rail
line to West Valley City would be moved to the third phase of a 30-year plan seems absurd to
Hattery said the so-called priority alternatives were contained in internal planning documents
and had no official council sanction.
The staff will not present a list showing the recommended order for a variety of light-rail and
other transit projects along the Wasatch Front, Hattery said.
That decision rests with the Wasatch Front Regional Council membership, which is made up of
elected officials from Wasatch Front communities.
Before that decision can be made later this year when the council considers updating its 30year transportation plan, the public must have a chance to weigh in on whether it supports the
projects and in which order, Hattery said.
Said UTA's Inglish: "That's the right way to do it. It is way premature to start prioritizing. We
are trying hard to keep West Valley City and mid-Jordan in the hopper as one project.
"One may be built before the other, but the ideal is to make sure they are funded together so
one can follow the other. That [approach] keeps faith with the communities."
A series of public meetings are each scheduled for 5-7:30 p.m.: Thursday in the City-County
Building, Room 126, 451 S. State St., Salt Lake City; Aug. 7 in the Weber County Commission
chambers, 2380 Washington Blvd. in Ogden; and Aug. 12 in the Davis County commission
chambers, 28 E. State St., Farmington.
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The Salt Lake Tribune - 2002 Winter Olympic Games
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