Utah’s Unified Transportation Plan improves access to important destinations like jobs, schools, and recreational opportunities. The Unified Plan will improve how quickly and easily people can get around so people spend less time stuck in traffic and more time with their families. It also increases access to jobs. By implementing the Unified Plan, an average Utah household will be able to reach 12,600 more jobs within 20 minutes in 2040 , a 7.6 percent increase over today.
Improving mobility and accessibility is accomplished more effectively when transportation and land use are coordinated. Land use plays a direct role in how our communities develop. Transportation planning affects how and where we build homes and businesses, how we get from one place to another and where we recreate. In addition to considering land use in transportation planning, leveraging the use of innovative technologies such as integrated signal timing, freeway ramp metering, real-time transit information and systems communication will help to make the existing system function more efficiently.
By implementing the Unified Plan, the average Utah household will spend over 3.6 fewer days driving around in their car each year. This translates into 288 days, or more than 3/4 of an entire year over the course of an average Utahn’s lifespan. The savings from time spent driving is attributed to how the Unified Plan improves mobility with high efficiency road and transit projects and how it coordinates these transportation improvements closely with the land use surrounding them. Shopping at a store or working at a job closer to home translates into a significant amount of travel time saved.
Part of the time spent driving in a car is time spent stuck in traffic. Time spent waiting in congestion will also be reduced by implementing the Unified Plan. While traffic congestion is anticipated to increase over time as the state’s population grows, it would be 2.5 times higher in 2040 without the Unified Plan.