The 2015-2040 Regional Transportation Plan proactively plans for more transit service improvements than ever before. The transit components in the RTP support the growth of community centers that provide better job access for residents. This is a key strategy of the shared Wasatch Choice for 2040 Vision.
The Plan identifies $1 billion for expanding services on existing local bus and rail. This makes up almost 1/5th of new expenditures. Here’s the breakdown by phases for service expansion:
o Phase 1: 28% of new funds used for service expansion of the current transit system
o Phase 2: 18% of new funds used for service expansion of the current transit system
o Phase 3: 15% of new funds used for service expansion of the current transit system
Transit needs identified in the Plan include frequency of existing local bus and rail services, expanded hours of operation, expanded transit coverage area. There is $2 billion identified to build Enhanced Bus and Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) projects. Many of these projects focus on enhancing core bus service routes by providing more frequent service. So even new capital projects are largely projects that improve bus service. The Plan also proposes nearly $1 billion to construct new rail lines
The Plan ensures we take care of the transit investments we have made, with approximately $3 billion allocated specifically for major maintenance of the existing system, called State of Good Repair. Many physical projects that were previously planned to be built earlier are now listed in the “unfunded phase” or deferred to a later phase. This is because funds have been prioritized to be used for maintenance of the existing system, in addition to an increased focus on expanded transit service. The Plan also includes $7 billion allocated to continue current service, expand current services, and operate new projects.