Rail

Utah Transit lands $116M for light rail extension

Posted on December 13, 2011

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) will provide $116 million to extend the Utah Transit Authority’s (UTA) TRAX light rail transit service from downtown Salt Lake City into the suburb of Draper.

The 3.8-mile extension is the final project in a seven-year, 70-mile effort to significantly expand transit options for residents and commuters in the Salt Lake City area, one of the nation’s fastest growing cities.

The Draper Light Rail Project, a 3.8-mile extension of UTA’s current TRAX service, will add jobs to the 3,100 construction-related jobs already created. The project, which includes three new stations with park-and-ride-facilities, will run parallel to the heavily traveled Interstate 15 corridor and make it easier for suburban residents to commute to jobs in Salt Lake City.

The total cost for the Draper extension project is $194 million. Construction is already under way and expected to be completed in December 2013.

The extension of TRAX service to Draper is the final project in UTA’s Frontlines 2015 Program, a $2.9 billion program to build 70 miles of rail in seven years and place a major transit stop within reach of every resident in the UTA service area. Four new light rail lines, one new commuter rail line and a new light rail maintenance facility will more than double UTA’s existing rail system. Including today’s funding announcement, FTA has committed approximately $570 million in total to the Frontlines 2015 Program, including $25 million through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

San Diego debuts restored trolley for Silver Line

The 68-year old streetcar was acquired as part of a trade with United Transportation Corporation (UTC)/Rail Air Sources (RAS) in exchange for two Siemens U-2 light rail vehicles that were phased out of the MTS fleet.

34 properties purchased for $70M along Honolulu rail transit route

HART's property acquisitions range in price from $22,304 to about $6 million. In June, HART said that it has to acquire 213 properties for the project, and that it had an acquisition budget of $222 million.

Alstom opens new Brazilian Citadis production line

The new production facility will serve the Brazilian market and, in a near future, the Latin America region where a number of new tramway projects are emerging. When fully operational, the facility will employ around 150 people.

FRA ramps up campaign to address nationwide grade crossing safety

The first phase of the effort calls upon local law enforcement agencies to show a greater presence at grade crossings, issue citations to drivers that violate rules of the road at crossings and consider rapid implementation of best practices for grade crossing safety.

S.C. city seeking elevated transit line bids

The first phase of the plan would construct a four-mile section elevated guideway above a section of abandoned railroad tracks. The first section of the elevated railway could connect Clemson University's International Center for Automotive Research campus with downtown Greenville.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

Please sign in or register to .    Close