The 2020 Dixie Transportation Expo offers a unique opportunity for area residents to gain an understanding of a variety of transit projects, road projects, traffic light projects, and bike trail developments. The 2020 Transportation Expo is an excellent venue to learn about local transportation trends. This year the Expo will be hosting a UDOT Autonomous Shuttle, please plan to join us to learn more about transportation and provide meaningful input, that may shape the future of Washington County.

The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT), in partnership with the Utah Transit Authority (UTA), has launched an Autonomous Shuttle Pilot in the state of Utah. Autonomous shuttles are electric vehicles with capacity for six to 12 passengers. They do not have a driver’s seat, a steering wheel, pedals, or other features usually associated with traditional vehicles. The shuttle follows a pre-determined route, but reacts to other vehicles, pedestrians, etc. in real time as they are encountered. A “Shuttle Host” is usually on board to turn the vehicle on and off and monitor operations. The autonomous shuttle gives the public a first look at a completely autonomous vehicle. The pilot is the technology testing period and will provide the public the opportunity to experience and better understand autonomous technology and provide feedback as we shape the future of transportation in Utah. For more information and to find the next tour stop, visit www.avshuttleutah.com.

This year, planners and community leaders will discuss projects along State Route 9 (SR9) in Washington County, between Interstate 15 (I-15) and the future Southern Parkway connection at milepost 6.5 at approximately 2800 West, Hurricane City ‘s newly adopted Transportation Masterplan, Suntran’s new routes and the Regional Airport masterplan. The Regional transportation planners are seeking public input on the 2019-2050 Regional Transportation Plan. The RTP forecast future travel demands and sets transportation goals and objectives for the next 30 years.

With the expected doubling of Washington County’s population by 2035, the Five County AOG encourages all to contemplate the future of Washington County’s transportation networks as the community evolves over the next 25 years. If current trends continue, and there is no evidence to the contrary, Washington County will then be home to 371,000 people (2.5 times the current population) who will need to travel between work, home, shopping, and entertainment venues.

The 2020 Transportation Expo is an excellent venue to learn about local transportation trends and provide meaningful input that may shape the future of Washington County. The expo will be February 11, 2020 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Dixie Convention Center. Admission is free.

Karen Roundy
St. George City