BY JAMES LARSON
Years ago, Ogden City had a vision to create a new way to travel. The vision started as an out-of-the-box idea to run a gondola from Downtown Ogden to Snowbasin Ski Resort. Unfortunately, there wasn’t enough support or funding to make a gondola possible.
Next on the drawing board was a street car, similar to the Salt Lake City S-Line, but, once again, this option turned out to be too expensive.
Almost on cue, a new transportation option arose in the United States…Bus Rapid Transit (BRT). BRT offered similar features to light rail, including dedicated travel lanes and signal priority, but came with the low price tag of running a bus.
Eureka! The “Goldilocks” idea of BRT, coupled with Federal Transit Administration (FTA) funding spawned a whole new future for transportation in Ogden.
Once operational, students, employees, and residents can ditch their cars to catch the Ogden/WSU BRT to school, work, home, or the hospital. Plus, buses will be available from sun-up to sun-down every 10-15 minutes on weekdays and every 15-30 minutes on the weekends.
If you’re thinking it couldn’t get any better, then imagine riding the system for free for the first three years!
The selected construction contractor, Stacy and Witbeck, has started BRT construction on Washington Boulevard and the Weber State University campus. This work will progress to Harrison Boulevard, 23rd Street, Dee Events Center, and Intermountain McKay-Dee Hospital. Construction will be underway from early 2021 to late 2023.
The Utah Transit Authority (UTA) would like to extend its thanks to Ogden City, Weber County, Weber State University, Intermountain McKay-Dee Hospital, UDOT, Wasatch Front Regional Council (WFRC), FTA, U.S. Department of Transportation, Jacobs Engineering Group, AECOM, and WCEC for making this project possible.
Imagine the ability to hop on FrontRunner, travel to Ogden, then jump onto a clean-air electric bus that whisks you to key destinations below:
• Lindquist Field
• The Junction
• Peery’s Egyptian Theater
• Ogden Eccles Conference Center
• 25th Street
• Union Station
• Weber County Library
• Eccles Art Center
• Weber State University
• Ice Sheet
• Dee Events Center
• Intermountain McKay-Dee Hospital
FOR MORE INFORMATION about Ogden/WSU BRT, visit rideuta.com, follow us on Facebook @OgdenBRT, call us at 385-287-6647, or subscribe to our email updates at OgdenBRT@rideuta.com.