Driverless cars, Uber, wayfinding to be discussed in Ogden transportation plan

Thursday , July 27, 2017 - 5:15 AM

MITCH SHAW, Standard-Examiner Staff

OGDEN — Ogden officials will spend the next year developing a comprehensive blueprint for how transportation should work in the future.

And they’re looking for ideas.

According to a city news release, Ogden is developing a “Transportation Master Plan,” which will serve as a future guide for “creating safe, equitable, and sustainable transportation options to meet the needs of Ogden residents and visitors now, and into the future.” 

To kick off the process, the city will hold a public meeting Aug. 2 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Union Station, 2501 Wall Ave, Ogden.

The city is contracting with transportation consultant Fehr and Peers — the same group that helped develop Ogden’s bicycle master plan.

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According to the release, the city is now in the first stage of developing the plan, evaluating immediate transportation needs. In the fall the project team will look at what’s needed in the future, with a final report and implementation plan expected in the summer of 2018. 

Ogden Engineer Justin Anderson said throughout the planning process, the city wants to hear from residents to help identify goals, future needs and choices for road, transit and pedestrian options.

“What we’re really trying to figure out is, what direction does the city need to go in,” Anderson said. “We need the public’s help to find that out.”

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Aside from basic planning items like determining which roads are better suited for vehicle travel or bicycle and pedestrian movement, Anderson said the study team will examine trends that figure to play a disruptive role in the future of transportation — like driverless vehicles — and how they might play into the design of a multimodal transportation infrastructure.

The city will do same with ridesharing options like Uber and Lyft.

Anderson the city is also focusing on a concept called “wayfinding,” where the city will design signage that will help guide visitors and residents retail establishments, pedestrian and bicycle access routes, and other common destinations.

You can reach reporter Mitch Shaw at mishaw@standard.net. Follow him on Twitter at @mitchshaw23 or like him on Facebook.

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