A $32 million project to build the station on BDO grounds just east of Stewart Drive is listed on the Wasatch Front Regional Council’s latest Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). The project also calls for the installation of a new, dedicated track to the station from the Ogden Intermodal Transit Center.
A six-year prioritization of roadway, transit and active transportation projects in Northern Utah, the TIP is updated once a year with input from the Utah Department of Transportation, the Utah Transit Authority and cities and counties along the Wasatch Front.
In an email, WFRC’s Andrea Pearson said a draft of the 2019-2024 plan will be open for public review and comment from June 30 to Aug. 4. The draft includes about $5 billion in transportation investments over the next six years.
As for the BDO/FrontRunner project, the plan calls for a $16 million local funding match, scheduled to be secured in 2022 and 2023.
The local match would likely be obtained in a fashion similar to the Ogden Bus Rapid Transit project — coming from a variety of state, county and city sources.
Ogden Mayor Mike Caldwell chairs the council and said the remaining $16 million for the project would be sought from the Federal Transit Administration.
“For us to go after that money, the first step is to put the project on the TIP,” Caldwell said. “So this basically allows us to go out and compete for it. There’s still a long way to go (to get the project funded and built), but this is the first step. It’s the first step of probably 20 or so.”
A BDO FrontRunner stop has been discussed for several years now. In 2017, the UTA completed a study called “The Future of FrontRunner,” which examined the practicality of the undertaking.
Caldwell said he’s seen favorable sentiments from local leaders during his dealings with the project, saying the BDO is an ideal spot for a full FrontRunner station.
The 1,118-acre business park now has about 6,200 employees and more than 125 businesses, including the Standard-Examiner. In February, BDO General Manager Blake Wahlen told the paper there are approximately 200 to 250 acres of land that can still be developed.
When the remaining space is built out (a process that will take at least 15 years), Wahlen said the number of BDO employees will total more than 10,000.