BRT discussion explodes on social media

MATT SMITH/Daily Herald A bus rapid transit vehicle pulls into the UTA repair facility in Orem, Wednesday afternoon. The 60 foot long bus made the stop as a way to give people a look at what transit will look like in Orem and Provo in the next few years.

Discussions on a bus rapid transit system in Utah County have been circulating for more than a decade. In that time, several designs have been proposed, each offering different benefits.

After hearing from nearly 300 residents on Tuesday, the Provo Municipal Council will vote on a joint resolution at next Tuesday's council meeting, making a decision if the project should be approved and what route it should take.

In determining what route would best fulfill the needs of the 11-mile project, which will span from Provo to Orem, a project team consisting of officials from the Utah Transit Authority, the Utah Department of Transportation, Provo City and Orem City was organized.

The project team then solicited the help of a stakeholder team, a group of local residents, business leaders and other experts, to evaluate the proposed routes. The stakeholder group selected evaluation criteria which included ridership, travel time, ability to serve markets, impacts (strip takes, relocations, left-turn access), cost, community support and community and economic development.

The project team favors option four, while the stakeholders favor option six.

The Provo vote on the joint resolution will take place Tuesday, Feb. 4 at 5:30 p.m.

Orem City approved their portion last year.

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