For the next 30-days, Salt Lake City residents have the opportunity to impact the future of train and bus service in Salt Lake City through the new “Design Your Transit System” survey.
The survey is part of the ongoing process of developing a comprehensive transportation master plan, a priority for Mayor Jackie Biskupski’s administration.
“I am confident that if people who live and work in this city could get around better on public transportation they would do it,” said Mayor Jackie Biskupski. “We need to explore new ideas to better serve the community, especially when it comes to bus service, and this new survey will help our transportation planners understand how residents would design service based on a limited budget.”
The new “Design Your Transit System” tool asks participants to prioritize elements of service like frequency and routes within a fixed monthly budget of $100. Based on choices, participants can see in real time how their priorities affect their budget and asks them to make choices when they exceed the fixed amount.
“We want to hear from everyone as we move forward with our Transit Master Plan, not just for people who are already riding transit, but for everyone who needs to get around in Salt Lake City,” said Robin Hutcheson, Director of Transportation for Salt Lake City. “We have decisions to make in the next few years and understanding how to make the biggest impact with limited resources will be crucial in moving forward.”
The Transit Master Plan will be a guiding document for the City to improve public transportation services and amenities citywide. The City is leading this outreach campaign, called SLCRides, in coordination with the Utah Transit Authority, regional planning agencies and community stakeholders. SLCRides provides an opportunity for the greater Salt Lake City community to help define goals and determine strategies for improving public transportation in Salt Lake City.
Once finalized, the Transit Master Plan will help the City and Utah Transit Authority (UTA) set priorities for the next 20 years, guide decisions about the timing and location of investments and foster increased use of public transportation citywide.
The new “Design Your Transit System” tool, which can be found athttp://survey.slcrides.org/, builds upon what was learned last summer during a series of 19 outreach events where residents expressed a clear desire for better bus and train service to more areas of the City.. In March, planners will analyze the results, which will help shape the Transit Master Plan’s recommendations.
If you wish to participate and need access to a computer, please visit any of our Salt Lake City Public Librarylocations. If you would like someone to help walk you through the transit tool, assistance is available at Sorenson Unity Center’s computer lab (located at 1383 S. 900 West) and at all library branches during normal operating hours.