2018 National Planning Conference

Mega-Corridor Planning for an Uncertain Future

Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 10:45 a.m. - noon CDT

CM | 1.25

Activity Type: Educational Sessions

Activity ID: NPC188141

Location: R03

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  • New and innovative performance measures
  • How to apply new models of regional collaboration
  • How to adapt lessons learned and alternatives explored


Completed in 2017, the Wasatch Front Central Corridor Study (WFFCS) analyzed innovative, multi-modal, and quantifiable performance measures to create an integrated transportation solution for 2050 in Utah, the fastest-growing state in the nation. The WFCCS is a partnership among the Utah Department of Transportation, the Utah Transit Authority, and the region’s two metropolitan planning organizations (Wasatch Front Regional Council and Mountainland Association of Governments), organizations that anticipate crushing levels of population growth in the urban area. Explore some of the challenges experienced by the project team: negotiating a shared vision between transportation agencies with seemingly opposing priorities; exploring and modeling concepts currently untested in the United States; developing scenarios for analysis and comparison that were multi-modal, replicable, and quantifiable in relation to the corridor goals; debating and eventually achieving consensus on how to account for the impact of land-use changes; and communicating to the public the complicated relationships between highway expansion and induced demand.

Session Speakers

Nandini M. Vyas, AICP
Fehr and Peers
Salt Lake City, UT

Ted M. Knowlton, AICP
Wasatch Front Regional Council
Salt Lake City, UT

Jeff Harris
Utah Department of Transportation
Salt Lake City, UT

Shawn J. Seager, AICP
Mountainland Assoc of Govts.
Orem, UT