Utah DOT outlines traffic vision for Little Cottonwood Canyon, but critics worry that agency is wearing blinders

Utah DOT outlines traffic vision for Little Cottonwood Canyon, but critics worry that agency is wearing blinders

Some stakeholder groups, however, are already panning how the Utah Department of Transportation is defining the “purpose and need” for its ongoing transportation plan, fearing that it could emphasize parking and road improvements at the expense of transit.

“They are not looking at how we can deliver people to the base of Little and Big Cottonwood canyons without their vehicles,” said Carl Fisher, executive director of Save Our Canyons. “The mobility issues are all caused by the number of cars, and they are not trying to figure out how to have not so many cars. They are looking at how to accommodate those cars.”