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Benefits and Impacts

Implementation of the 2015 - 2040 RTP is a cooperative effort of local, state, and federal officials.  The Wasatch Front Regional Council has established a process to continuously monitor on-going development and progress in implementing recommendations in the 2015 – 2040 RTP.  The WFRC also works with other agencies to address short-range congestion, pavement preservation, and bridge replacement and rehabilitation needs through management systems.  In addition, the WFRC helps conduct corridor and environmental studies for major highway and transit projects and assists local communities in master plan updates.  These efforts help refine the recommendations in the 2015 - 2040 RTP and encourage implementation.

Municipalities and counties of the Wasatch Front Region, UDOT, and UTA are responsible for implementing of the projects in the 2015 - 2040 RTP.  The WFRC works with these agencies to encourage them to pursue the facility capital improvements recommended in the 2015 - 2040 RTP and incorporates Phase 1 projects into the short range Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).

Below more information can be accessed on the Local Planning Resource Program, the TIP, the Wasatch Front Economic Development District, and the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program.

Implement Plan

Transportation and Land Use Connection

Launched two years ago as a joint partnership between Salt Lake County and WFRC, the Transportation and Land Use Connection (TLC) program’s main objective is to provide technical assistance such as staff time, consulting, and training to local communities for planning, implementation, and visioning efforts that proactively address anticipated growth.

The program encourages communities to integrate their land use and regional transportation plans through the use of the Wasatch Choice Vision key growth principles. The TLC program seeks to help local governments develop in a way that works best for them, supporting their efforts to create livable and vibrant communities.

The Utah Department of Transportation and the Utah Transit Authority also contribute resources to the program.

For additional information regarding the TLC program, click here.

Transportation Improvement Program

The Wasatch Front Regional Council’s Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) is a six-year program of highway and transit projects for the Salt Lake/ West Valley and the Ogden/ Layton Urbanized Areas.  It is a compilation of projects from the various federal, state, and local funding programs for all the cities and counties in the Region, as well as for the Utah Department of Transportation and the Utah Transit Authority.  Projects included in the program implement the Long Range Highway, Transit, and Active Transportation Plans for the Region, help meet the short range needs of the area, and provide for the maintenance of the existing transportation system. 

The following are key aspects of the TIP:

  • A six-year program, four funded years and two concept development years, of highway and transit projects funded by federal, state, and local revenues
  • An approved list of priority projects for the Wasatch Front region
  • Approved by local elected officials serving on the Regional Council
  • Presented to the public for an opportunity to review and comment
  • Financially constrained
  • Found to conform with state air quality plans
  • Updated annually
  • Incorporated into the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program
  • A dynamic document, modified at any time subject to approval of the MPO technical and policy committees
  • A continuing, comprehensive, and cooperative (3C) Transportation Planning Process

For additional information regarding the TIP, click here.

Wasatch Front Economic Development District

The Wasatch Front Economic Development District (WFEDD) undertakes a regional approach to economic development with support of our member counties including Davis, Morgan, Salt Lake, Tooele, and Weber. The District's mission is to support economic development plans, promote long-term economic competitiveness, and attract federal monies in order to implement local plans. The District implements its mission through six regional economic goals that include 1) attract businesses that offer higher wages; 2) retain and expand existing Utah businesses; 3) build on and improve the region's growth centers; 4) encourage entrepreneurship and innovation; 5) increase economic development capacity; and 6) maintain and improve our high-quality of life.

The District operates under the auspice of the Wasatch Front Regional Council (WFRC). The WFEDD is one of seven federally recognized Economic Development Districts in Utah. Every county in the State of Utah is now represented by one of Utah's regional Economic Development Districts.

For additional information regarding the WFEDD, click here

Community Development Block Grant Program

The Wasatch Front Regional Council administers the Community Development Block Grant, Small Cities Program for the Wasatch Front Region in coordination with the State of Utah, Housing and Community Development Division.  Funding for the program is provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) under the guidelines of Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended.

The purpose of the program is to assist in developing viable urban communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment, principally for persons of low and moderate income.

For additional information regarding the CDBG program, click here.

Click here for more information on the Implement Plan section of the 2015-2040 Regional Transportation Plan document.