Provo-Orem Transportation Improvement Project
Provo Orem TRIP (Transportation Improvement Project) is a road, transit, bicycle and pedestrian improvement project designed to meet growing transportation needs in Orem and Provo. Community benefits from the project include reducing vehicle trips, supporting the economy and providing transportation choices.
The project is a partnership between the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT), Utah Transit Authority (UTA), Mountainland Association of Governments (MAG), Provo, Orem and Utah County.
The project’s roadway improvement component includes roadway widening, bridge replacement, installing pedestrian-friendly crosswalks and improving various intersections along University Parkway and University Avenue. The project will:
- Widen University Parkway, 800 East to University Avenue, adding one new lane in each direction
- Replace University Parkway bridges over the Provo River
- Make intersection improvements on University Parkway at 200 East, Main Street, 800 East and 2230 North and in Provo at Freedom Boulevard, 400 West, University Avenue and 300 South
The project’s transit component is a bus rapid transit, or BRT, line. BRT is an innovative, high-capacity public transit solution that can significantly improve urban mobility and increase travel choices in a community. This permanent, integrated system uses specialized buses on roadways and dedicated lanes to quickly and efficiently transport passengers to their destinations. BRT systems can easily be customized to community needs and incorporate state-of-the-art, low-cost technologies that result in more passengers and less congestion.
Here is an example of what a BRT line looks like.
The BRT line will use articulated buses and provide consistent and frequent service through the use of exclusive bus lanes and traffic signal priority. Additionally, the line will feature station amenities similar to those found at TRAX stations (ticket vending machines, level-boarding platforms, high-end shelters, benches and landscaping). The BRT line will connect FrontRunner commuter rail with major Utah Valley destinations such as universities, major employment centers, shopping malls, and downtown Orem and Provo.
Here are some additional BRT details:
- 10.5 miles long
- 18 stations
- 25 modern articulated buses – 18 on the road at one time
- 51 percent exclusive lanes
- 5 minute frequency during peak travel times
- 15 minute frequency during off-peak travel times
- Travel time (end-to-end) 38 minutes
Bike and Pedestrian Improvements
Bicyclists and pedestrians are an important element of the Provo Orem TRIP. This includes those traveling through the project corridor as well as those who plan to use the bus. Some improvements for bicycle and pedestrian facilities through the corridor include:
- New and wider sidewalks in many areas where sidewalks were narrow in width or in disrepair
- Upgraded pedestrian ramps in many locations where the current ramps do not meet the most recent standards
- Wider pedestrian ramps at intersections along the College Connector Trail
- A bike lane in each direction along University Avenue from 400 South to 700 North
- A safer gutter adjacent to the bike lanes along 700 North in Provo
- A median curb along 700 North directing pedestrians and bicyclists to cross only in designated areas
- A crossing in Provo at 200 East that directs bicyclists into their own lane across 700 North
- Improvements to widen existing sidewalks along 900 East in Provo to 10-foot-wide multi-use paths
- Increased width and height for the Provo River Trail where it crosses under University Parkway
Preconstruction activities, such as survey work and minor utility work, began in October 2015. Significant construction is anticipated to begin in spring 2016. The project is anticipated to be complete by late 2017 or early 2018.
Construction on some of Provo and Orem’s busiest roads will be a challenge, but the project team is committed to minimizing impacts to drivers, businesses and the streetscape.
Construction is scheduled to begin in spring 2016 and last until late 2017. Access to all businesses along the project corridor will be maintained during construction. The goal is to keep traffic moving and help people get to and from local businesses. Mitigation plans are being put in place to handle construction issues like noise and dust and potential changes to landscaping, parking and local events. The project team is currently meeting with businesses and residents along the project route to discuss and address their concerns that may arise during construction.
As project design proceeds, more detailed construction information will become available. We will post weekly construction updates here, as well as to the project mailing list. Be sure to sign up for the mailing list below to receive the latest project information and construction updates.
The contractor has established a dedicated 24-hour construction hotline. If you have any questions about construction, or would like to schedule a construction presentation for your business or organization, please call 888-661-8806.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Provo Orem TRIP?
Provo Orem TRIP (Transportation Improvement Project) is a road, transit, bicycle and pedestrian improvement project designed to meet growing transportation needs in Orem and Provo.
Why is the project needed?
Orem and Provo continue to grow in population as families expand and want to stay in the communities where they grew up and as employment opportunities and university enrollment increase. As growth continues, more vehicles, traffic and delays can be expected, unless we wisely plan and build a balanced transportation system that provides multiple options to meet the increasing demand.
What are the project benefits?
The whole community benefits from the project by reducing vehicle trips, supporting the economy and providing transportation choices. Good transit resources like Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) will provide efficient transportation for thousands of university students and employees and customers of major retail centers as well as additional transportation choices for all Provo and Orem residents. The project provides a way for people to connect to two universities, two malls, two LDS temples, the Missionary Training Center, university sporting events and community events such as the July 4 Freedom Festival.
Who is building Provo Orem TRIP?
The project is a partnership between Utah County, UDOT, UTA, Provo and Orem, with funding coming from existing sources.
When will construction occur?
Construction is scheduled to begin this winter and to be completed, with BRT operational, by late 2017 or early 2018.
What can I expect during construction?
Construction on some of Provo and Orem’s busiest roads will be a challenge, but the project team is committed to minimizing impacts to drivers, businesses, and the streetscape. Access to all businesses along the project corridor will be maintained during construction. Lane closures will occur at night to help keep traffic moving during the day and help people get to and from local businesses. Mitigation plans are being put in place to handle construction issues like noise and dust and potential changes to landscaping, parking and local events.
What is BRT (Bus Rapid Transit)?
BRT works just like TRAX, with stations, frequent service every five to ten minutes, and pre-paid ticketing, except it runs on a road instead of a rail.
What is the route for the new BRT line?
BRT will run from the Orem Frontrunner station, east on University Parkway, around BYU on 900 East and 700 North and down University Avenue to the Provo FrontRunner Station.
24-hour hotline: 888-661-8806
Project Environmental Assessment Information
Provo-Orem Bus Rapid Transit - Finding of No Significant Impact - March 27, 2015
Below is the Environmental Assessment (EA) for 2014.
Provo-Orem Bus Rapid Transit Environmental Assessment
Table of Contents
Acronymns & Abbreviations
Chapter 1: Purpose & Need
Chapter 2: Alternatives
Chapter 3: Affected Environment & Environmental Consequences
Chapter 4: Public and Agency Coordination
Appendix A: Proposed Design
Appendix B: Traffic Analysis 1
Appendix B: Traffic Analysis 2
Appendix C: Resolutions & Documentation of Support for the Preferred Alternative
Appendix D: Partial Acquisitions
Appendix E: Determination of Eligibility and Finding of Effect
Appendix F: Coordination
Appendix G: Parking Study