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Research Park Connect is a new initiative to link the Research Park community. We provide you with resources to better access your Research Park destinations and to connect with others in the community.

  • Increase quality, convenient, and affordable transportation choices
  • Reduce traffic congestion through peak SOV trips
  • Provide information, encouragement, and incentives for transportation alternatives
  • Share resources
  • Create community


Transportation demand management, often referred to as TDM, means making more efficient use of transportation resources. For companies and other organizations like those in Research Park, TDM is the primary way to directly improve the transportation system in a constrained urban environment.

TDM is often synonymous with reducing the number of single-occupant vehicle trips, especially at peak travel periods - since the single-occupant vehicle is an inefficient use of the transportation system because of its low occupancy and need for expensive parking space.

TDM typically encompasses policies and programs like transit pass discounts, ride share programs, and community outreach but can also include smaller capital or operational projects such as bike racks or shuttles. Larger capital projects such as street reconstruction, high-capacity transit lines, or parking structures are not TDM, though these types of projects can - and often need to - complement TDM programs. At its core, TDM seeks to change the balance of financial, time, and convenience factors each person considers in deciding how to get to and around work each day - whether to drive alone at peak periods or choose an alternative.



In 2017, a group of Research Park organizations and other partner agencies began discussing transportation challenges in Research Park. These conversations evolved into an ongoing Transportation Working Group for Research Park that now meets every two months.

Issues raised have included walking and bicycling safety, access to public transit, parking, carpooling, and transportation implications for Research Park’s community growth.

The group has begun defining a vison and objectives, and started initiatives focused on making information easier to find. These include a transportation website for Research Park as well as a community outreach strategy.

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Vision & Objectives


In 2015, University of Utah Real Estate Administration and Utah Department of Transportation conducted a survey of some 2,000 Research Park employees, at the time nearly 20 percent of the park’s employment base. Find the survey results summary here; below are some of the key findings:

  • 80 percent of Research Park commuters drive alone to work, and 80 percent commute at “peak” times – 7 to 9 a.m./ 4- 6 p.m.
  • 7 out of 10 Research Park commuters uses Foothill Drive.
  • Approximately half of non-U of U employees are aware of company transportation programs but about 1 in 10 use them; 3 in 4 U of U employees are aware of transportation programs but about 40 percent use them.
  • Research Park employees are open to taking transit: 1 in 5 identifies as a “transit rider” but 9 out of 10 say they either already take or would try transit.

Survey Findings


Research Park Connect is a new initiative to link the Research Park community. Reach out with any questions or concerns.

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