Virtual 2-day summit to explore transportation system for Wasatch Front, Back

Drivers make their way along the road in Big Cottonwood Canyon near Storm Mountain on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020.

Drivers make their way along the road in Big Cottonwood Canyon near Storm Mountain on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020. | Steve Griffin, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — The public is invited to a virtual two-day summit outlining plans for a regional mountain transportation system serving both the Wasatch Front and Back.

The summit is being held by the Central Wasatch Commission on Friday, noon to 5 p.m., and Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon.

During the summit, participants will be given an overview of the Mountain Transportation System’s objectives, as well as an overview of the overlap between watershed and environmental protection objectives and canyon transportation objectives. There will also be a discussion of the transportation alternatives outlined in a draft report for the system.

In addition, participants will learn the findings from the build-your-own Mountain Transportation System public engagement tool, the findings from the public comment periods opened over the course of this year, and the feedback gathered at the October Central Wasatch Commission Stakeholders Council meeting.

Summit attendees will also be invited to participate in a detailed exercise to consider various transportation modes and management strategies for the Salt Lake Valley, the Wasatch Front and Wasatch Back via I-80, Big Cottonwood Canyon, Little Cottonwood Canyon, Cottonwood Canyons connections, and an aerial corridor from Big Cottonwood Canyon to Park City.

The Central Wasatch Commission began the yearlong Mountain Transportation System process in early 2020 to further refine and develop the transportation principles in the Mountain Accord.

Registration for the summit is required in advance at

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Registration is limited, but if the cap is reached, the summit can be watched on YouTube Live at

Steve Griffin, Deseret News
Drivers travel along the road in Big Cottonwood Canyon near Solitude on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020.
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