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With local funding solid, new details emerge on Ogden BRT project

Tuesday , July 10, 2018 - 5:15 AM

OGDEN — With a local funding pact now in place, new details are emerging on the proposed Ogden Bus Rapid Transit system.

The Utah Transit Authority Board recently approved a “Memorandum of Understanding” that finalized funding sources for a 35 percent local match on the approximately $79 million BRT project, which would provide a fixed transit connection between Ogden’s downtown, Weber State University and the McKay-Dee Hospital.

Mary DeLoretto, director of Capitol Projects for UTA, said the agency expects the Federal Transit Administration to contribute approximately $50 million to the project and if that money is secured, construction would likely begin in 2020, with the line finished by 2022.

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The service would originate at the Ogden UTA transit center at 2350 Wall Ave., head east on 23rd Street to Washington Boulevard, go south along Washington Boulevard to 25th Street, turn east along 25th Street to Harrison Boulevard, then south to WSU and a planned transit center at the Dee Events Center.

McKay-Dee would be the final stop on the line.

DeLoretto said there will be 12 stops along the way and the approximately 6-mile trip from the Ogden FrontRunner Station to WSU would take 18 minutes. The service would run every 10 minutes during peak morning and evening commute times and every 15 minutes otherwise. 

UTA expects 3,300 riders on the first day of service, with ridership increasing as time goes on, DeLoretto said. Once installed, the service would cost $1.7 million annually for maintenance and operation.

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Easements for a dedicated right-of-way will come later, which means single-family homes will likely be acquired sometime before construction begins. UTA Trustee Toby Mileski said the dedicated right-of-way portion on the route runs only on Harrison Boulevard, from 32nd Street south to the end of the line. 

A dedicated busway will also be built through the WSU campus. 

When the MOU was approved, Mileski, Ogden City Council Deputy Director Glenn Symes and others lauded the project for its economic development potential and prospects for moving large numbers of people through the heart of Ogden’s downtown.

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

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