Salt Lake City Rail News
April 16, 2013 1:47 pm at 1:47 pm #200114
Utah Transit Authority’s airport TRAX line open to public
By Marissa Lang | The Salt Lake Tribune
First Published Apr 13 2013
The train pulled into Arena Station on Saturday with a familiar whir as dozens of riders buzzed on the platform. They held tight to children’s hands and examined tokens handed out by Utah Transit Authority workers.
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UTA ‘essentially done now’ with 2015 five-line plan
By Derek P. Jensen | The Salt Lake Tribune
First Published Apr 24 2013
Riding high from this month’s celebratory airport TRAX line launch — completed two years early and $40 million under budget — the Utah Transit Authority crossed a host of other items off its to-do list Wednesday, noting the initial target to deliver five lines by 2015 is “essentially done now.”
June 6, 2013 4:11 pm at 4:11 pm #200116
Salt Lake City: How a Remote Red-State City Became a Transit Leader
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
by Angie Schmitt
It’s number one in the nation in per-capita transit spending. The only city in the country building light rail, bus rapid transit, streetcars and commuter rail at the same time. And that city — Salt Lake City — is a town of just over 180,000 in a remote setting in a red state.
June 27, 2013 3:27 pm at 3:27 pm #200117
Transportation plan will result in economic growth, group says
By Jasen Lee, Deseret News
Published: Monday, June 24 2013 5:00 p.m. MDT
SALT LAKE CITY — The key to economic growth in Utah will be continued monetary support of the area’s transportation system, according to a new report. According to a comprehensive study conducted by the Economic Development Research Group of Boston, further state and local government investment in broad-based transportation could result in more than 180,000 new jobs over the next three decades.
READ MORE: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865582157/Transportation-plan-will-result-in-economic-growth-group-says.htmlAugust 2, 2013 3:15 pm at 3:15 pm #200118
UTA riders like rail expansion, say fares too high, bus service skimpy
By Lee Davidson | The Salt Lake Tribune
First Published Jul 31 2013 03:08 pm
The Utah Transit Authority Board asked representatives of key rider groups to tell it Wednesday what is good about its system, and what is not. It heard complaints that fares are too high, recently reduced bus service should be restored, and that UTA should better explain executives’ high salaries and bonuses. But groups also praised UTA’s system in general, and wished aloud that more would use it to reduce congestion and pollution — and some even supported a sales tax hike to improve service.
October 21, 2013 8:49 pm at 8:49 pm #200119
How Utah Turned Its Unpopular Public Transit System Into a Hit
Eric Jaffe | The Atlantic Cities
First Published Oct 21 2013 9:57 AM ET
It wasn’t always the case that Utah was in a hurry to build public transit. In 1992, voters rejected a tax measure that would have funded a light rail line in Salt Lake Valley. In 1997, at the groundbreaking for what would become the successful TRAX system, protestors held up signs that read: “Light Rail Kills Children.” Not exactly a warm welcome.
Today, however, TRAX and transit are such integral parts of the Salt Lake metro that it’s hard to imagine life without them. In 2006, voters easily approved a quarter-cent sales tax hike (64-36) so that the expansion (dubbed FrontLines 2015) could finish up by 2015 instead of 2030. And that $2.5 billion, five track project was completed this August — a full two years early.October 23, 2013 6:07 pm at 6:07 pm #200120
The part of this article that stuck out to me was this:
UTA helped itself in those discussions by securing 175 miles of right-of-way from the Union Pacific Railroad in 2002. That foresight meant UTA could build in the corridor with or without the permission of individual cities. And the unique nature of the area also limited dissent: today nearly four out of five Utah residents live in what’s called the Wasatch Front, a 120-mile region that encompasses the state’s major metros, including Salt Lake City.
If COTA obtained right-of-way along the CSX, NS, and CUOH railroads that run through Central Ohio, then it would be able to build a light rail system with or without the buy-in of the individual cities.
If one looks at the Central Ohio rail map here:
It’s clear that there’s an ability to build lines that stretch from downtown to the airport, Grandview Heights, Powell, Polaris, and the southern suburbs (Grove City, Groveport, and Canal Winchester); and if COTA could work with OSU on relocation of the Don Scott Airport, they could even manage to build a station that stretches up to Dublin and its Bridge Street Corridor. And if all that was on the drawing board, Easton and New Albany would probably come on board.
COTA just needs a board and a leader that’s committed to doing light rail.December 30, 2013 1:50 pm at 1:50 pm #200121
New streetcar attracts a fraction of expected ridership
By Lee Davidson | The Salt Lake Tribune
First Published Dec 23 2013 04:18 pm
The federal government expected 3,000 people a day to ride the new Sugar House Streetcar when it opened, according to a statement it issued in 2010 to announce a $26 million grant for the project. But the average during its opening week was just 781 riders daily — a mere 26 percent of what had been projected, according to Utah Transit Authority data requested by The Salt Lake Tribune.
May 12, 2014 3:45 pm at 3:45 pm #1015747
South Salt Lake planning development near streetcar line
Published: Thursday, May 8 2014 8:18 p.m. MDT
The city is working with neighbors, property owners and developers to discuss new development near the S-line streetcar stops. The first area being discussed is the “East Streetcar” area from State Street to 500 East. A new master plan will be presented to the South Salt Lake City Council, followed by new zoning.
September 4, 2014 2:38 pm at 2:38 pm #1038731
Salt Lake City Council poised to seek more streetcar funding
By Christopher Smart | The Salt Lake Tribune
First Published Sep 01 2014 01:01 am • Last Updated Sep 01 2014 11:55 am
Salt Lake City hopes a $3 million investment will get it almost $14 million to stretch the Sugar House Streetcar line to the intersection at Highland Drive and 2100 South.
Tuesday, at its afternoon work session, the City Council will consider funding the $3 million match needed for a federal Transportation Investments Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant of $10.6 million.
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