Utah County development projects to look forward to in 2018


Orem-Provo BRT

BYU, UVU and UTA announced a partnership that will provide the universities’ students, faculty, staff and staff dependents 10 years of free premium passes on UTA systems. (Photo by Rebecca Lane/UV360)

In 2018, the Utah Transit Authority promises it will complete its multi-year project connecting Orem and Provo with a quicker bus system.

“We’re committed to that, so we have our construction crews really working hard,” said Marc Bowman, UTA public relations specialist.

The Bus Rapid Transit system has a start date of Monday, Aug. 13, 2018, which it needs to keep in order to be ready for the new school year.

In 2017, construction workers widened the road on University Parkway and worked on 700 North in Provo, which needed to be completely rebuilt for this project.

“The first 60 percent was a lot harder than the remaining 40 percent,” Bowman said.

With the hardest part behind them — including taking care of utilities — UTA will focus on organizing the bus lanes and building the BRT stations before the grand opening in August.

“More of what you are going to see now with the start of the new year,” Bowman said, “is along the parkway in Orem they will be shifting traffic to the outside where they’ve widened the road and start working on the bus lanes and the stations in the center of the road.”

There will be 18 stops throughout Provo and Orem on the BRT route. UTA is constructing ticket machines for the stations. Also, UTA is looking at options to redirect current bus routes to align better with the new BRT route.

UTA anticipates there will be an average of 10,000 trips per day on the BRT line. As of now, the BRT line won’t run on Sundays since BRT is set up to run on the FrontRunner schedule, which does not run on Sundays. However, the bus’ daily schedule will have expanded hours outside of the other bus systems. Bowman says the exact hours aren’t set yet, but UTA is considering hours from 4 a.m. to 1 a.m. the next day. Read more about BRT construction here.

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Rebecca Lane

While her first language is sarcasm, Rebecca dabbles in English and Russian to achieve her lifelong dream of being a journalist. A BYU sports fan, reading enthusiast and wannabe world traveler, Rebecca is a Colorado transplant that is convinced Colorado's mountains are much larger than the many Utah County peaks. Rebecca manages UtahValley360.com for Bennett Communications. Follow her on Twitter @rebeccalane.

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