ALL NEWS

Rapid bus transit line could be coming to Point of the Mountain

May 28, 2021, 2:53 PM

FILE: traffic on I-15 at Point of the Mountain near Lehi (Steve Griffin, KSL)

(Steve Griffin, KSL)

LEHI, Utah — A Utah Transit Authority rapid bus transit line could be coming to the Point of the Mountain in the next few years. 

Getting the approval for a rapid bus transit line

State transportation officials note that Point of the Mountain is considered one of the fastest-growing areas in all of Utah and rapid population growth has created widespread congestion and heavy traffic. 

To hopefully alleviate some of the congestion, a rapid bus transit line would connect FrontRunner Draper to Lehi FrontRunner.

“UTA has a right-of-way that runs along the east side of I-15, which this bus rapid transit system would travel in,” explained Patti Garver with UTA.

Her comments come just days after the Lehi City Council passed a resolution supporting the project. The Draper City Council is now set to consider a similar resolution next week.

“That allows us to move into an environmental study,” said Garver. “The environmental [study] will take about two years and then final design and construction will probably take another two years.”

Closely resembling rail, at only half the cost

For those unfamiliar, Garver notes that buses in a rapid transit system are longer and often have road lanes exclusively for their use.

“It’s almost like you’re travelling on a train on rubber tires,” explained Garver.

In this case, separate lanes will be constructed for buses and the bus interior will closely resemble a rail look. Garver adds that not only is bus transit easier to construct and operate than rail transit, but it also costs about half as much.

As of right now, funding for the project includes over $5.7 million in Legislative appropriation. It also includes $500,000 in UTA 2021 funds. 

The plans come after UTA officials decided to ditch a proposed $1 billion TRAX line at Point of the Mountain. 

Supporters of the TRAX line claim it would better spark development in the area.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.

All News

After statistics in recent years showed an increase in bicycle crashes police and the Bicycle Colle...

Mike Anderson and Mary Culbertson, KSL TV

After an uptick in bicycle crashes, Utah law enforcement, Bicycle Collective plead for change

After statistics in recent years showed an increase in bicycle crashes police and the Bicycle Collective are asking cyclists to stay safe.

2 hours ago

One person was killed in Park City after state troopers say their car crashed into a tree and burst...

JOSH ELLIS, TV

One dead after car crashes into tree in Park City

One person was killed in Park City after state troopers say their car crashed into a tree and burst into flames early Thursday morning.

2 hours ago

Micah Hyde shakes hands with Post Malone...

Kyle Remund

Missionary returning home gives musician Post Malone a Book of Mormon

The Hyde family was getting ready to welcome Micah Hyde back from serving his mission when they encountered the famous singer at the airport.

3 hours ago

BYU Professor Bryan Hopkins talks with his students on a turf grass research plot on BYU campus....

Allessandra Harris Gurr

BYU professor helps to lift ban on hybrid Bermudagrass in Utah

Hybrid Bermudagrass, long banned for its relation to the noxious common Bermudagrass, could be a game changer for water conservation.

4 hours ago

Republican vice presidential candidate Sen. JD Vance, R-Ohio, speaks during the Republican National...

Emma Keddington

JD Vance closes out day 3 at Republican National Convention, officially accepts VP nomination

JD Vance described his upbringing, called housing affordability and pledged that he will "give [Americans] everything I have."

11 hours ago

Firefighters are camping to continue to battle the Silver King Fire...

Aimee Cobabe

Firefighters are camping to continue to battle the Silver King Fire

647 firefighters are camping in the small towns of Richfield and Marysvalle as they continue to battle the Silver King Fire.

12 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

A young woman smiles while reading the menu at a lakeside restaurant, enjoying the panoramic view o...

Bear Lake Convention & Visitors Bureau

The best restaurants to try in Bear Lake

Save this guide to the best restaurants in Bear Lake when you need to find a place to dine during your next visit.

Female leg stepping on weigh scales. Healthy lifestyle, food and sport concept....

Health Utah

Sustainable weight loss: the science-backed way to achieve it

Learn more about Debbie's weight loss journey with Health Utah, who have a unique weight loss philosophy for success.

Underwater shot of the fisherman holding the fish...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

Your Bear Lake fishing guide

Bear Lake offers year-round fishing opportunities. By preparing ahead of time, you might go home with a big catch!

A group of people cut a purple ribbon...

Comcast

Comcast announces major fiber network expansion in Utah

Comcast's commitment to delivering extensive coverage signifies a monumental leap toward a digitally empowered future for Utahns.

a doctor putting her hand on the chest of her patient...

Intermountain Health

Intermountain nurse-midwives launch new gynecology access clinic

An access clinic launched by Intermountain nurse-midwives provides women with comprehensive gynecology care.

Young couple hugging while a realtor in a suit hands them keys in a new home...

Utah Association of Realtors

Buying a home this spring? Avoid these 5 costly pitfalls

By avoiding these pitfalls when buying a home this spring, you can ensure your investment will be long-lasting and secure.

Rapid bus transit line could be coming to Point of the Mountain