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Old May 2nd, 2012, 09:08 AM   #61
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Nice project, but those zoning changes are an abomination (offices, stores and residences in the same buildings like it were 1910 again).
Take heart, those last few pictures of in the Airport Line set must have you creaming in your jeans- I counted at least 6 chain fast food restuarants, and one buffet restaurant, all complete with plentiful parking and acres of concrete between them.
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Nice project, but those zoning changes are an abomination (offices, stores and residences in the same buildings like it were 1910 again).
You're joking right.... that's how most places where people live in cites work, mixed use development.
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Old May 3rd, 2012, 03:03 AM   #63
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Nice project, but those zoning changes are an abomination (offices, stores and residences in the same buildings like it were 1910 again).
Damn, half of the Europe have to be razed to the ground immediately and replaced with endless suburbia and strip mall like in Phoenix.
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Salt Lake City streetcar groundbreaking. If I am not mistaken this is the fifth one to launch construction in the US this year (Tucson, Seattle, Atlanta, Cincinnati).

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UTA Breaks Ground on Sugar House Streetcar Project
May 8th, 2012 @ 1:12 pm



Last fall, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood visited Salt Lake City to formally announce a $26M Tiger II grant for use on the Sugar House Streetcar Project. Tomorrow, May 9, he will join Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker, South Salt Lake Mayor Cherie Wood, UTA Chairman Greg Hughes and UTA General Manager Michael Allegra at a groundbreaking event for the project at 2 p.m. at 2235 S. Main Street, in South Salt Lake City.



The Sugar House streetcar is a two-mile modern streetcar line that will run from the 2100 South TRAX Station to the Sugar House commercial district near Highland Drive at approximately 2235 South.



The line will include seven stations located at Central Pointe TRAX, State Street, 300 East, 500 East, 700 East, 900 East, and McClelland Street (1045 East).

Ridership is projected at 3,000 average weekday boardings. Upon completion, it will connect to more than 130 miles of rail service across the Wasatch Front.
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Old October 25th, 2012, 08:23 PM   #65
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Airport TRAX tests begin Tuesday; line opens April 14
Major line will undergo months of test runs before opening for service April 14.
By Lee Davidson | The Salt Lake Tribune
First Published Oct 24 2012 10:48 am • Last Updated Oct 25 2012 12:26 am

Test trains will begin to run Tuesday on the new TRAX extension to Salt Lake City International Airport — and the line will open to passengers on April 14, the Utah Transit Authority announced on Wednesday.

The six-mile extension will run from the EnergySolutions Arena in downtown Salt Lake City to North Temple and out to the Salt Lake City International Airport. It will have stations atop the North Temple Viaduct (which connects to FrontRunner) and at 800 West, 1100 West, 1500 West, 1950 West and the airport. The extension will become part of the green line, which runs to Valley Fair Mall in West Valley City.

UTA said major construction on the line essentially will be complete next week, and testing will begin with one train on Tuesday. Initial test runs will be a relatively low speed, working up to full speed by Nov. 9. During the week of Nov. 12, UTA will begin running multiple trains on the line.

On Dec. 9, green line trains from West Valley City will end at the Arena Station, instead of farther west at the Salt Lake Central Station (which will still be served by blue line trains). UTA spokesman Gerry Carpenter said that is to allow green line trains to participate in testing of the airport extension from the Arena Station.

"We remind motorists and pedestrians to be safe as we begin testing on the airport line," said UTA General Manager Michael Allegra. "Be sure to obey all traffic laws and signals and always look both ways before crossing the tracks."

Flaggers will be used along the line until all of the signals and lights have been tested and certified as safe. He said UTA has been making safety presentations to schools and community groups in neighborhoods around the new line, and more safety presentations are available upon request.

Last year, 15-year-old Shariah Casper was killed in West Jordan by a TRAX train during testing of the new Mid-Jordan extension of the red line. Her death led UTA to redesign sound walls near crossings — which had obstructed views by pedestrians — and to add additional safety features from gates to louder train warnings.

Passengers are scheduled to begin using the new airport extension on April 14,one of the three dates a year when UTA alters its bus and train schedules. Its new Draper extension of the blue line is scheduled to begin next summer, and the new Sugar House streetcar line is scheduled to open next winter.

"The airport TRAX line is the most anticipated of our new lines," UTA Board Chairman Greg Hughes said. "It will provide a key connection to a top destination, employment centers and the rest of the Wasatch Front."
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The National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA), a youth development organization governing high school mountain biking in the United States, announced Arizona, New York and Tennessee as the three newest states in its high school cycling program at a press conference during the annual Interbike trade show in Las Vegas on Thursday.

Doug Selee, executive director of NICA, said, "We are pleased to welcome the Arizona,carbon bicycleNew York and Tennessee leagues into the flourishing NICA community. The three new league directors bring with them a great passion for mountain biking and youth development. Moving forward, our national NICA team will provide training and support as they prepare for their inaugural seasons in 2013."

These new leagues represent a major step toward ICAbike01 NICA's mission of bringing high school mountain biking coast to coast by 2020.

The Arizona league adds to the NICA activity in southwestern USA,carbon wheels bicycle while the Tennessee and New York leagues create substantial east coast footprints and will help develop future leagues in their respective regions.

Mike Perry, director of the Arizona league, said, "We look forward to working with NICA to bring organized high school mountain bike racing to Arizona. Our state affords diverse venue opportunities, from Sonoran desert landscapes to forested regions, all with ample infrastructure to support racing."

Jason Cairo, director of the New York league, carbon bicycle framessaid, "I am passionate about getting kids on bikes, so the opportunity to partner with NICA is huge for us in New York. The journey is already beginning for our coaches and we will be on fire and ready for our spring 2013 races."

Katherine Williams, director of the Tennessee league, said, "When living in California, some of my favorite memories are coaching with the NorCal league. After moving back to Tennessee to open a bicycle shop, I was thrilled to learn that Tennessee could have a program just like NorCal and that others here had a similar goal. High school cycling is truly becoming a National movement!"

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Old November 5th, 2012, 05:41 AM   #67
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By any measure, while serving a relatively small metro, by any measure Salt Lake City UTA has turned into a remarkably big winner when it comes to speed on implementation and cost-effective, high ridership!

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Commuter Rail:
FrontRunner: 5,400

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1. Boston - 215,400
2. Los Angeles – 156,600
3. San Francisco - 153,900
4. Portland - 127,900
5. Philadelphia – 94,400
6. San Diego - 92,100
7. Dallas - 57,400
8. St. Louis - 55,800
9. Salt Lake City - 46,900
10. Sacramento - 44,400


11. Denver - 42,600
12. Phoenix - 37,400
13. Houston - 35,000
14. Minneapolis - 35,000
15. Baltimore - 34,300
16. San Jose - 32,800
17. Seattle - 26,600
18. Pittsburgh - 24,800
19. Charlotte - 20,200
20. Buffalo - 18,800
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UTA Announces Grand Opening Festivities For Airport TRAX Line



The Airport TRAX line will begin regular service on Sunday, April 14. It will become part of UTA’s existing Green Line, offering service to the Salt Lake International Airport. To celebrate, UTA, Salt Lake City and local businesses will hold the grand opening ceremony and a community celebration on Saturday, April 13.

The celebration will include rides on the new TRAX line in exchange for donating food to the Utah Food Bank. In addition, in partnership with the local business community, celebration activities and events will take place at each station with free food, music and fun. So come out and celebrate the opening of the line with us!

April Service Changes

With the opening of the new Airport line, there are a number of service changes on UTA’s bus system that will also begin April 14. In January, we held five public hearings to discuss proposed changes to the transit system in Davis, Tooele and Salt Lake counties. Comments were also accepted via UTA’s website, email and through customer service. In response to the comments, low ridership and budget constraints, the following changes will take place:


Rail Service

Route 701 Blue Line – Minor schedule adjustments
Route 703 Red Line – Minor schedule adjustments
Route 704 Green Line – Minor schedule adjustments. We are unable to expand service on the Green Line earlier in the morning or later at night, as requested by passengers, due to budget restraints and obligations for overnight use of the track for freight movement. No changes to weekend service.

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Route 218 Redwood Road –The North Temple portion of the route will be retained, continuing to 300 W to 200 S, then west to Salt Lake Central Station
Route 517 Jordan Meadows – Route will be adjusted to connect to Airport Line rather than Salt Lake Central Station
Route 551 International Center – New route will be implemented as proposed to connect the airport to the International Center
Route 522 2200 West – New service on 2200 West with slight modification to proposal to better serve additional businesses
Implement service eliminations as proposed:
Route 227 2700 West – Discontinue Saturday service due to low ridership
Route 523 Business Park Shuttle – Discontinue route due to low ridership
Route 527 Daybreak Shuttle – Discontinue route due to low ridership
Route 550 Airport – Replaced with TRAX and Route 551
Route 6 Sixth Avenue – Discontinue Sunday service due to low ridership
Route 240 Dixie Valley – Discontinue Sunday service due to low ridership
Utah County

April changes will be minor. Due to BYU closing its campus to vehicles, service will be rerouted around the campus. Also, BYU and Provo City have major road reconstruction planned for the summer that will cause some rerouting.

Timing adjustments will be made to improve bus/rail connections

Route 822 South Utah County BYU/UVU Limited will be rerouted around BYU
Route 830 Provo/Orem FrontRunner Connector will be rerouted around BYU
Route 831 Provo 7 Peaks/Grandview will be rerouted around BYU
Route 832 Provo Center/900 East will be rerouted around BYU
Route 811 Utah Valley TRAX Connector – schedule changes due to TRAX Blue Line changes. Minor tweaking to match bus routes up with new train schedules.

Flex Routes

F628 Syracuse/Hooper – Discontinued due to low ridership

F401 Grantsville/Stansbury Park – We will not cut midday service as proposed. The route will be realigned to service the hospital and Wal-Mart in Tooele. Service to Stansbury Park will be reduced and shifted to Grantsville

F547 Herriman – Second bus during peak will be eliminated as proposed
All other route times will be adjusted on a needs basis in order to meet trains/buses or customer needs etc.

Weber County

Minor schedule and time adjustments. Some trips removed from routes 640, 625, 645, 627 and 626 due to low ridership.

Maps and detailed schedules for all of the above changes will be available online in mid-March.
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One question, once the Airport and Draper extension are open, What are the extension plans to follow? are there new lines or extensions ready to start construction?
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One question, once the Airport and Draper extension are open, What are the extension plans to follow? are there new lines or extensions ready to start construction?
Phase II of the Draper extension calls for two more stations to around the area of 14600 South, but it's just long-term planning for now and is not ready for construction.

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Phase II of the Draper extension calls for two more stations to around the area of 14600 South, but it's just long-term planning for now and is not ready for construction.
Thank you.

They built the system fast and at a relatively low economic cost, being this one of the few (or is it the only one) such systems in the US built constructed ahead of schedule and under budget. I Wonder why there aren't more expansions planned, besides that small southern extension of the blue line. Is it that there isn't really the necessity of further expansions yet? is there no more money available? Where would any expansion still needed, if so?

By the way, it is impressive how the area around the southern terminus of the green lines has grown in the past few years. Most of it is more of a suburban character, and was built before the extension was opened, so it can't be said that is much related to this transportation line. But the most recent developments, more urban in character, are clearly more influenced by the convenience of this system. In a few years, we can expect that the area near the two stations of Daybreak will be completely filled.


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This entry was posted on March 11, 2013



For many years, the Sugar House Streetcar has been a dream shared by many.

Construction began with a groundbreaking ceremony in May 2012, and since then great progress has been made to bring the streetcar back to Salt Lake City.

This spring finds construction beginning on the Greenway, the 2 mile park that will run parallel to the streetcar line. The greenway is planned to include plazas, Parley’s Trail and extensive landscaping that will enhance the area and draw residents on foot and two wheels.

As the streetcar comes to life, Sugar House itself is experiencing a resurgence in development. With over 1,000 new housing units planned and private investment topping over $400 million, a neighborhood rejuvenation is underway.

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Draper TRAX

On August 18, a 3.8 mile extension of TRAX will open from Sandy Civic Ctr to Draper Town Ctr.



Source: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/8...18.html?pg=all

Draper Town Center Station

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SLC has done a wonderful job on it's transit system and TOD and is proof that even in Republican states, people will back good transit.
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An interesting discussion of how the system came into fruition

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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.

That's 70 miles in 7 years, more than doubling the length of the Utah Transit Authority system, at $340 million under budget.

Oddly enough, one of UTA's most effective strategies for uniting people was targeting those who don't use public transit. The agency and its advocates pointed out that TRAX ridership saves 29,000 trips — or two full freeway lanes — in the Interstate-15 corridor every day. Road-reliant businesses like UPS ran ads explaining that FrontLines would help residents get their packages quicker by reducing traffic.

UTA also worked hard to create what Meyer calls an "inter-local agreement" among cities up and down the Salt Lake Valley corridor. Transit officials explained the basic infrastructure that would be put in place in every city and told local officials that they would have to pay for any extra amenities themselves. That early clarity prevented cities from withholding support unless they got a better deal than others.

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.

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