BOUNTIFUL -- On second thought, Bountiful will participate in the Salt Lake City Connector Link to Davis County Study.
The city will commit $15,000 to the study, Davis County Community and Economic Development Director Kent Sulser said.
On Sept. 17, the County Commission amended an agreement with the Utah Transit Authority, listing Bountiful as a funding source in the study.
Initially, the Bountiful City Council had declined to participate, Sulser said.
Bountiful joins Davis County, participating at $7,500; North Salt Lake City, at $15,000; Salt Lake City, at $30,000; UTA, at $30,000; and the Wasatch Front Regional Council, which is contributing in-kind services representing a $7,500 value, Sulser said.
"Monies collected will help facilitate and secure $360,000 in federal transportation funding to assist in this study," he said.
The study began in April, and has an anticipated end date of the summer of 2014, UTA spokesman Remi Barron said.
The Bountiful City Council legitimately did not want to initially participate in the study because the city never got a completion on some other transportation studies that took place, Bountiful Mayor Joe Johnson said.
But then the council determined the prior studies performed had gone about as far as they could, and that it would be best if Bountiful participate because whatever mode of public transportation is decided upon will have to go through Bountiful, Johnson said.
"The council discussed it. We wanted to be a partner. We should have been in the first place," Johnson said.
When asked if he prefer one particular mode of transportation in linking Bountiful with Salt Lake City, Johnson replied, initially he was excited about a mass transit train, possibly a streetcar, coming through their city.
"But residents didn't want that on Main Street," Johnson said, so now the city needs to be involved to see what is available at what cost.
"I think there is a need for transit," Johnson said. "But what kind, and where, is still a discussion."
Sulser said the participation pool of funding will help in completing a cooperative study serving the south Davis County area.
Sulser said there is no specific mode of transportation that is being pursued.
Based on the number of Bountiful commuters who take a direct road route into Salt Lake City without accessing the freeway, it is likely "a bus rapid transit system is what rises to the top," Davis County Commissioner Bret Millburn said.
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