Now is your last chance to weigh in on how you’d like to see UTA use transportation funds in Prop 1 passes in the November election.
We’ve talked about the UTA survey before. If Prop 1 passes this November, shoppers will be paying one cent on this .25 of a cent (that’s a quarter of one cent, not twenty five cents) that may be used for active transportation projects including bicycle infrastructure.
There will be an open house for you to share your thoughts this week:
Wednesday, Oct. 7, 6 to 9 p.m. at the Provo City Library, 550 N. University Ave., Provo
Thursday, Oct. 8, 4 to 6:30 p.m. at Provo Station, 690 S. University Ave., Provo
How should the money be spent? We’ve talked about this in a previous post, but I thought I’d bring up the idea here too. One project that almost everyone can agree with is a pedestrian / bicycle overpass connecting the city to the FrontRunner Station (and eliminating the need for dozens of people to jump over the Union Pacific trains on an almost daily basis).
Union Pacific trains block access over multiple intersections, sometimes for up to an hour. That means that people trying to get to the FrontRunner station using any method other than a car are marooned as they watch their FrontRunner trains pull into the station and leave without them.
Anyone that uses the train regularly can attest that pedestrians and bicyclists will often climb the Union Pacific trains, jumping onto the tracks to the South, just so they can make it to the station. Kids jump trains on their way to school, bicycle commuters hoist their bikes over, business women are climbing trains in their heels. Obviously, this is not a good idea and is likely to get someone killed.
But, the current situation regularly forces people to either arrive by car or be an hour or more late to work / school.
Please come to the meeting and share your thoughts! The more people that talk to UTA about this problem, the more likely we’ll end up with a timely solution.