Though I wouldn’t have guessed it, the Wasatch Front has more transit projects than nearly all other regions in the U.S.
Reconnecting America recently produced an interactive map of transit projects in all major American metro areas. The map includes 30 projects in northern Utah. As far as I could tell, only L.A. and Washington D.C. had more projects in the pipeline. Chicago tied with the Wasatch Front.
Clearly this is significant because it means that Utah is investing in its future. It’s also fascinating that it is investing more heavily than places that would stereotypically have more interested in mass transit.
But it’s also good because, in light of the recent inversion and Beijing-like pollution, Utah cannot continue to rely on cars. It’s literally making us sick.
In any case, the map is worth checking out if for no other reason than because it lists the status of all of Utah’s transit projects. That means the Provo-Orem bus rapid transit project is there, as is the Frontrunner line south of Provo, the TRAX line to the airport and an array of other things.