Ogden studies `transportation hub' idea

Published: Sunday, April 6 1997 12:00 a.m. MST

A $500,000 study to determine the feasibility of an intermodal transportation hub in downtown Ogden is under way.

A concept that has been employed successfully in other cities, a hub provides access to various forms of transportation in one central location that also features commuter-related shops and services."One of our intents is that this hub would become a destination in downtown Ogden," said Ogden traffic engineer George Benford. "It would be a very high-tech, first-class facility."

Ogden recently selected Fehr and Peers Consulting of Salt Lake City to conduct the federally funded study and submit a report and recommendations by Oct. 1.

Benford, who is serving as the city's project manager for the study, said rough preliminary cost projections for the hub facility are ranging between $12 million and $15 million.

If the dream becomes reality, an Ogden hub could offer:

- A satellite airport terminal serving both Salt Lake City International Airport and Ogden-Hinckley Airport with a full range of ticketing, luggage and cargo services.

- A range of taxi, shuttle and limousine services linking the airports with Ogden and neighboring communities.

- A Utah Transit Authority transfer and information center, replacing the small kiosk on the southwest corner of 25th Street and Washington.

- A commuter rail station.

- An Amtrak station, provided the federally funded passenger rail service continues to come through Ogden.

- A park-and-ride lot as well as short- and long-term airport parking services.

- A Greyhound Bus station.

- Locker and shower facilities for bicyclists and urban hikers.

Other possible services and amenities might include restaurants, a postal-parcel center, shops, public phones, laundry and dry cleaning establishments, change machines, bicycle storage or "whatever the demand calls for," Benford added.

The consultant will look at a number of potential locations for the transportation hub including the Union Depot, which has already been designated Utah's state railroad museum.

Benford said he expects the hub logically would be located "somewhere along the Wall Avenue corridor, adjacent to the railroad tracks."

A commuter rail study has already begun under the umbrella of the Wasatch Front Regional Council, and Gov. Mike Leavitt has indicated he expects commuter trains will be running along the Wasatch Front in as little as two years.

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