PROJECT UPDATE (updated 4/8/2021) – Thanks to everyone who has contributed ideas and comments. As the project moves forward, we want to share an important update with you on the current status and next steps!
Concept 2, the Side-Running Transit Concept has been selected to move forward to final design!
This concept includes a Business Access and Transit (BAT) lane with floating bus stops. The selection of the preferred concept was based on the following criteria:
– Bus Transit Operations
– Technical Analysis
– Public Feedback
– Construction Costs
– Compatibility with City Plans
– In-depth discussions with property owners and stakeholders on the corridor
The selected concept could look something like this:
After analyzing each concept against the above criteria, Concept 2, the Side-Running Transit Concept, was chosen over the Baseline and Center-Running concepts. Concept 2 includes a curbside-running BAT lane which is a transit lane that cannot generally be used by cars, but drivers can use them when making right turns at business driveways and intersections. This concept will accommodate car traffic in one lane per direction and allow the buses to maneuver around each other by using the inside travel lanes to pass as needed. The concept will be incorporated between 400 West and 700 East. From 700 East to 900 East, buses and cars will share the same single lane in each direction, matching what exists in this section of the corridor today. The Side-Running Concept is best suited to handle the amount of bus activity, and importantly, the types of bus routes on 200 South. This concept has several components important for the mobility of all modes on this corridor:
– Allows for multiple buses at each stop
– Buses can pass each other when necessary
– Maintains ability to turn onto/from 200 South at driveways and intersections (both cars and buses)
– Prevents bus bunching and congestion
– Provides flexibility for curb-side access and freight loading
– Minimizes conflicts with traffic and cyclists
– Compatible with priorities related to walking, cycling, and public space
The project team is digging into the details, with a lot of work and decisions still ahead. Every block of the corridor has a unique layout with considerations that influence the design, so we will be working with those located along the corridor to iron out some details. With budget limitations, we are also thinking about priorities and phasing; certain things are modular like the Transit Hub and can be added later. However, there are many elements that are important to build in the initial construction phase that are structural to the road reconstruction like curb extensions, bike lanes, underground utilities, and bus boarding islands. The City is actively pursuing supplemental funding with regional transportation partners.
Project Goals & Timeline
We are in Phase 2 and on Step 1 in the project timeline.
As part of the 2018 voter-approved Funding Our Future bond, Salt Lake City will reconstruct 200 South from 400 West to 900 East starting in 2022, with aspirations to create an iconic corridor where businesses thrive, residents feel comfortable and safe walking, transit users navigate easily, and visitors build lasting memories. In addition to the corridor itself, the study is looking into options for a multi-modal transit center to serve as a focal point where different modes of travel—walking, biking, transit, and shared mobility—seamlessly converge.
The 2017 Transit Master Plan was an intensive process that closely evaluated how to make transit work better for people living and working in the City. Fundamentally we understand that as we grow, it’s important to provide choices in travel and reduce dependence on cars. We know that if done well, there are a lot of positive implications like public health, air quality, economic competitiveness, and quality of life. Of the 15 corridors evaluated, the Transit Master Plan recommended analysis of capital improvements on 4 east-west corridors, with the #1 recommendation being 200 South from Salt Lake Central to the University of Utah.
We are taking the first steps to fulfill the voter-approved mandate by rebuilding 200 South and implementing the Transit Master Plan. We are also incorporating aspects of other adopted plans and policies resulting from years of discussion and public input, like the Complete Streets Ordinance, Transportation Plans, Climate 2040 Plan, and more. With so many stakeholders involved—too many to name here—we want to say thank you to our partners at UTA, UDOT, Salt Lake County Office of Regional Development, and the Wasatch Front Regional Council.
To stay informed, send us an email with the word “Updates” in the subject line or give us a call anytime.
- Call: (855) SLC-200S (855) 752-2007
- Email: 200South@slcgov.com
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Using funds from the 2018 voter-approved Funding Our Future streets reconstruction bond, 200 South is scheduled to be rebuilt starting in 2022 with transit priority strategies top of mind.