Frequently Asked Questions

Why is Local Link happening?

The purpose of Local Link is to identify gaps and barriers for travelers between Sugar House, South Salt Lake, Millcreek and City of Holladay, with the goal of connecting these cities together. As these cities grow, it’s important to plan for alternative, accessible ways to get around, including transit, safe bike and pedestrian options, and improvements to existing roads. This will help provide choices for everyone. With construction of major corridors scheduled within the next five years, the results of Local Link will impact those projects.

What is a circulation study?

A circulation study is an effective tool for evaluating how well the existing transportation network works for each type of transportation (walking, cycling, transit, automobile). The goal of the Local Link circulation study is to identify gaps and barriers that make it difficult for people to:

  • Efficiently travel through and around these cities.

  • Access the businesses, parks and other destinations that make these communities such an attractive place to live, work and visit.

Who is involved in Local Link?

Four cities have teamed up to initiate and carry out this effort: Salt Lake City (Sugar House), South Salt Lake, Millcreek and City of Holladay, and two committees have been formed. First, representatives from multiple planning and transportation agencies are involved in the Local Link Steering Committee (Utah Transit Authority, Utah Department of Transportation, city leaders, etc.). And second, the Local Link Stakeholder Committee is comprised of local residents, business owners, property owners, developers, school administrators and volunteers.

How is Local Link being funded?

Salt Lake County, Salt Lake City, South Salt Lake, Millcreek and City of Holladay are contributors and project partners.

Haven’t we studied these things before?

Local Link is building on a foundation of several transportation planning and analysis efforts. However, Local Link is the final planning effort before implementing new solutions to improve travel in and around these four cities.

What happens after Local Link?

While the circulation and transit studies are building upon years of transportation planning and analysis in the area, the Local Link team will provide recommended solutions and an implementation plan for the cities to adopt. The cities intend to make a significant investment in building the recommended solutions in the near future.

How can my voice be heard?

We can’t make these major transportation decisions without input, and you know your city better than anyone! Visit our “PROVIDE FEEDBACK” tab to see how you can provide input now on transportation in and around your community.

What are the circulation study’s next step?

  • Thank you to all who participated! We have heard your feedback on which transformative transportation projects are most important to you and which ones you want to see implemented first.
  • Learn more about the recommended projects, programs and policies here.

What is a transit study?

A transit study is a process for evaluating the costs, benefits and impacts of transportation improvements in an area. A transit study examines a range of routes and transportation types, and it is the first step toward gaining federal funding to implement a project. The outcome of a transit study is the locally preferred alternative (LPA).

The transit study has four stages:

  1. Project initiation

  2. Development and screening of alternatives

  3. Evaluation of alternatives

  4. Final assessment

Where are we now? Check out our timeline to learn more!

How long will Local Link last?

The effort began in summer 2020 and is planned to last through spring 2021.