For many years, UDOT produced an annual Strategic Direction Report as a way of transparently reporting to the taxpayers of Utah, how we are investing funds allocated to us by the Utah State Legislature. We have taken advantage of the latest in online technology to provide a live, data and performance driven report that is constantly updated to reflect how we are reaching our strategic goals. The data we share here helps us make cost-effective decisions that help us meet the transportation challenges of today and the future. I hope that this live, dynamic report will be both interesting and useful as you continue to hold us accountable of our promise to Keep Utah Moving.
Connected autonomous vehicles (CAVs) will help us achieve our goal of Zero Fatalities by taking human error—which accounts for 94% of crashes—out of the equation. CAVs use autonomous technology to “see” their surroundings and connected technology to “talk” to infrastructure, signals, and even other cars.
We are building the framework for a connected vehicle network in our state through a unique partnership with Panasonic. We are in the early phases of installing an infrastructure framework to prepare for the future of connected vehicle travel. Utah is uniquely situated to be a forerunner for CAV because of our fiber backbone. With the legislature’s support of Utah’s pioneering approach to public- private partnerships, we will soon be the only state with border-to-border fiber connectivity.
We continue to innovate today. We recently became the first state to implement a fully functional connected autonomous vehicle (CAV) deployment on Redwood Road, along with a second deployment on the Utah Valley Express (UVX) bus rapid transit line in Utah County. This allows Utah Transit Authority buses to arrive on time by allowing a little extra green light time to minimize delays for buses running a little behind schedule. This same system allows snow plows to clear the roads more quickly and safely.
Road Usage Charge
As DOTs across the country grapple with budget changes and shortages, UDOT is leading the way to create a sustainable approach to funding our future.
With the declining buying power of the gas tax, usage-based charges are among the options we are exploring to build a sustainable funding model for the future.
UDOT is one of the first DOTs in the country to launch a fully operational road use charge program for electric and hybrid vehicles. Those enrolling in Utah's Road Usage Charge program [in blue] pay by the number of miles that they drive. If they drive less they could pay less.
The program launch exceeded expectations for initial enrollment. There are currently over two thousand active participants enrolled in the program with new users joining each month. When possible, users are utilizing the telematics built-in to their vehicles to participate.
UDOT is preparing a report, as per SB150, to address the future of Utah’s Road Usage Charge program. It will include various options on how to enroll all the passenger type vehicles into the program by the year 2031. This effort will include information gained through a number of federal grants we have received to help advance various parts of the program.
Active Transportation Increases during Covid-19
Vulnerable users (pedestrians and bicyclists) will always be a huge part of our Zero Fatalities efforts across the state. Data shows that bike trips and pedestrian trips have increased dramatically during 2020. With fatalities and crash rate increases, these vulnerable users may be at greater risks than ever before.
Comparison of Trail Usage During April of 2019 and 2020
Pedestrian Trip Totals, 2018 - 2020 (Data from Strava)
Fatalities from these vulnerable user groups are not acceptable. UDOT has deployed a number of communication and safety efforts to increase awareness and drive down accidents as shown below.
Intelligent Transportation Systems
UDOT employs a number of operational approaches to improve mobility in addition to the TIF Capacity program. Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) devices include cameras, ramp meters, weather stations, traffic monitoring devices and variable message signs (VMS). These devices help to improve safety and travel time reliability. ITS devices provide information to and from our traveling public, however, most of it is done through the vehicle operator. The information that is gathered and disseminated through these devices helps to improve safety and mobility of our roadway systems by communicating such things as adverse roadway conditions, traffic incidents and expected travel times, as well as communicating safety messages.
Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Devices
159 CAV Roadside Units
1635 CCTV Cameras
73 Express Lane Plazas
83 Ramp Meters
147 Road Weather Information Systems (RWIS)
681 Traffic Monitoring Stations
850 Other Electronic Signs
There are 205 facilities valued at over $1.1 billion strategically placed around the state. These facilities are necessary to maintain the State's transportation system and keep Utah moving.
Through proactive preservation UDOT has maximized the use of our facilities. For UDOT to keep up with public needs, environmental stewardship, and advances in equipment/technology, a methodical investment strategy is required for the future.
123 Maintenance, Satellite, and Salt Storage Buildings
14 Ports of Entry
40 Rest Areas, View Areas, and Welcome Centers
28 Administrative, Specialty & Warehouses
Ports of Entry
Utah really is the crossroads of the West. Nationally, commercial vehicles comprise 13% of vehicular traffic; but in Utah, this number jumps up to 23%. Fourteen Port of Entries strategically located throughout the state protect the traveling public. Port priorities include: safety inspections, size & weight compliance, and driver operator safety. Innovations like port bypass(pre-pass), team inspections, and hand held devices saves the industry over $9 million each year.
2.5 Million vehicles used port by pass (eg. prepass)
25 Minutes per truck saved by team Inspections
10 Min. per permit saved by Hand Verification Devices
UDOT utilizes more than 4600 pieces of equipment to keep Utah moving. It is no small task to have equipment and the employees who operate it ready to go at the drop of a hat for inspections, emergencies, and traffic management. Great service is provided by snow plow drivers waiting on-call for every approaching storm to spring into action and keep Utahns safe. Confidence in the equipment to perform the job is paramount to the great service employees are able to provide.