Quality of Life

The Vision

Utah’s Transportation Vision is a process to collaborate with partnering agencies in order to establish a shared vision for transportation statewide.

Quality of Life Framework

Encompasses the health of individuals and communities, recognizing the role of active transportation in mental and physical health as well as environmental conditions contributing to health such as air quality and water quality.

Captures traditional transportation objectives to reduce delay. It’s thinking that goes beyond just moving cars to moving people. Public transit, walking and biking need to become real options for more Utahns.

Recognizes the vital role of transportation in business and commerce. Not just at the intra-state and inter-state level, but also how transportation can help inter-city and intra-city economies.

Points to the intersection of transportation and land use as well as the need for intermodal connections between walking, biking, transit, and vehicle travel.

Overview

In the 2018 legislative session, lawmakers passed a comprehensive transportation bill that addressed funding mechanisms and transportation oversight to continue integrated, long-term planning. SB 136 directed the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) to develop statewide strategic initiatives across all modes of transportation.

Stakeholder Committee

The Utah Department of Transportation asked the governor to help convene a stakeholder committee from governmental agencies, transportation partners and related stakeholders for input and discussion.  This committee helped define the statewide transportation vision as a Pathway to Quality of Life.

Implementation

While implementation of the Framework resides with individual agencies, the Quality of Life Framework provides guidance for statewide, regional, and area-specific planning and policies for aligned transportation action at local, regional, and state levels.

Quality of Life Stories

Utah Department of Transportation

2nd Annual Move Utah Summit

Over 400 hundred attendees gathered at the Little America Hotel on September 26th to participate in the 2nd Annual Move Utah Summit. The Summit, organized by the Utah Department of Transportation’s (UDOT) Move Utah program, is the only event of its kind in Utah. It brings together hundreds of health and transportation experts, state and local officials, and policymakers to collaborate on improving the health and well-being of individuals and communities.

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Utah League of Cities and Towns

Utah Communities Prepare for Growth

Utah’s cities and towns are taking many positive steps to address growth and provide access to housing at all levels. They are using the keys they hold as municipal leaders to make cities work for the residents they serve. See an example of what several cities are doing as we take a virtual walk throughout the state.

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Get Healthy Utah

Working Together to Improve Quality of Life

Get Healthy Utah is working to support increased active transportation in Utah in order to improve health. Active transportation is any self-propelled, human-powered mode of transportation. Activities may include taking the bus to work, biking to school, or walking to a friend’s house. Physical inactivity is closely linked to a number of chronic health conditions such as type 2 diabetes, obesity, heart disease, and cancer. A recent study showed that Americans adults are spending over 6 hours a day being sedentary. In Utah, only slightly more than half of adults and only 19% of adolescents are meeting the recommended physical

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Wasatch Front Regional Council

Wasatch Choice 2050 Vision

You’ve likely heard Utah is growing. What you may not have heard is how much and how fast. According to the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute, we will add 1.5 million people to the Wasatch Front by 2050. That’s 45,000 people each year!

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Resources

Executive Report

Coming Soon

Factsheet / Framework

The Quality of Life Framework is the primary tool to act upon in order to align transportation policies, planning, and decision-making across modes and locations.

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