After multiple reports from media groups, Utah Transit Authority spokesperson Carl Arky has issued a statement saying UTA is not proposing extending TRAX to Lehi.
Arky started his statement by clarifying that UTA’s is committed to providing more bus service options and a better over service and says funds have been earmarked for the project.
Regarding the rumored TRAX expansion to the Point of the Mountain, he says that UTA is not proposing the project or seeking funding for it at this time. They were however approached by the Point of the Mountain commission to explore the steps necessary for the project.
Arky also stated that an update on the issue is being given to the commission on Thursday, January 24th.
The full statement is included below.
UTA would like to clarify some points brought up in a recent media report regarding the possibility of TRAX expansion beyond Draper into Utah County, as well as the agency’s commitment to increased bus service.
First and foremost, UTA’s commitment to providing more bus service and better overall service has not changed. Funds have been identified and ear marked for this effort.
With regard to the proposed POM transit project addressing future transportation options at Point of the Mountain, UTA is not proposing a Point of the Mountain TRAX connection nor seeking funding for the project at this time. In January 2018 the Point of the Mountain commission asked UTA to work with commissioners Fillmore and Snow to explore the next steps in evaluating the Point of the Mountain TRAX extension.
UTA was asked to start the process for the Alternative Analysis, which includes evaluation of the TRAX extension to Lehi. The analysis will look at estimated ridership, travel times, land use, economics, conceptual engineering and capital costs among many considerations. Public and Stakeholder involvement will be a crucial component of this effort. An environmental document will be completed if merited by the Alternative Analysis.
UTA will continue working with the POM Commission and other partner agencies such as UDOT, the MPOs, surrounding cities and counties and others on identifying potential funding options for all the necessary studies and analysis in addition to funding to ultimately design, construct and operate the project if and when all parties reach a consensus.
At this time, as requested, UTA will be giving an update to the POM on Thursday, January 24. Please keep in mind the proposed project is in both the Envision Utah proposed plans and the RTP.
The project has no identified funding source at this time nor an overall development plan. The AA (Alternative Analysis) is the first step in several planning processes.