09/24/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 09/24/2021 13:08
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Transit Administration (FTA) today announced a construction grant award of $78.3 million to the Utah Transit Authority (UTA) for the Ogden-Weber State University Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), a 5.3-mile BRT project in Ogden, Utah. UTA will operate the service between the Ogden Intermodal Transit Center FrontRunner station and the McKay-Dee Hospital via Weber State University (WSU), improving connections between these key destinations and the surrounding area.
"This project has the power to help connect people to jobs, education, and lifesaving medical resources, all while reducing emissions and commute times for the people of Utah," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg.
The Ogden-Weber State University BRT will provide riders a clean-air ride in an electric bus from the Ogden's FrontRunner Station, through downtown, along dedicated bus lanes through the Weber State University campus and to McKay-Dee Hospital. The total project cost is $120.5 million, with $78.3 million in funding provided through FTA's Capital Investment Grants (CIG) Program.
"FTA is proud to join our partners in Utah to improve transit connections and expand the Bus Rapid Transit network in Ogden," said FTA Administrator Nuria Fernandez. "Transit riders on the Ogden-Weber State University BRT line can look forward to more efficient service and other amenities that will improve travel times in this busy corridor."
The project includes construction of 2.2 miles of exclusive bus lanes on the WSU campus, a total of 13 uniquely branded stations, transit signal priority, and purchase of 11 electric vehicles and charging infrastructure. The project also includes a new transit center on the WSU campus, and expansion of UTA's existing Mount Ogden Maintenance facility.
FTA's CIG Program provides funding for major transit infrastructure capital investments nationwide. Projects accepted into the program must go through a multi-year, multi-step process according to requirements in law to be eligible for consideration to receive program funds.