A passenger boards a UTA bus

A passenger boards a UTA bus on the corner of Washington Boulevard and 25th Street on Tuesday, July 31, 2018, in downtown Ogden.

OGDEN — Weber County residents will have one more chance to sound off on a plan for transit-oriented development plan along Ogden’s planned Bus Rapid Transit project.

Ogden Onboard will hold an open house on a draft development plan that includes future BRT station locations and recommendations for development throughout the proposed route. The event will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Feb. 7 at the Weber County Main Library, 2464 Jefferson Ave., Ogden.

According to a press release from Ogden Onboard, open house attendees will be able to learn about the project, make a formal comments on it and discuss it with the project team.

Thursday’s meeting will be the last open house for the study project, but comments on the draft plan can be submitted at ogdenonboard.com until Feb. 15.

The draft plan and other information, including a project video, can also be found on the website. According to the press release, the plan is expected to be finished by spring.

The proposed BRT line would begin at the transit center at 2350 Wall Ave., head east on 23rd Street to Washington Boulevard, south to 25th Street, then east up 25th Street to Harrison Boulevard, connecting to Weber State University and a planned transit center at the Dee Events Center.

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

The idea has existed since 2004 when the original proposal called for a streetcar system. Though the mode has changed, the project has consistently been spoken of as one that will stimulate the economy, improve air quality and provide a transit link between Ogden’s downtown, the university and the hospital.

The BRT project is expected to cost $79 million, which will come from a mix of local and federal funds.

The Ogden Onboard coalition includes UTA, a group of urban planning consultants and an advisory committee that includes the city, Weber County, WSU, the hospital, the Wasatch Front Regional Council and the Utah Department of Transportation.

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

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