September 23, 2008

Light Rail, Streetcars Being Evaluated in South Davis Study

By Joseph M. Dougherty Deseret News

BOUNTIFUL -- As the Utah Transit Authority continues to prepare its Environmental Study Report for a South Davis light-rail line, it invites the public to comment on proposals that include the alignment of the line, station stops, park-and-ride lots and various other aspects of the project.

A recently completed analysis identified either a TRAX line or streetcar could function well in southern Davis County from Centerville to Salt Lake City.

Monday, during a public scoping meeting at the South Davis Recreation Center, the public got a chance to look at the difference between a TRAX light-rail line and a streetcar and where stations would be located along the 11-mile corridor. TRAX, which currently functions throughout Salt Lake County, where more lines are under construction, uses a larger vehicle than a streetcar, said UTA spokesman Chad Saley. It typically runs at faster speeds and acts as a commuter vehicle.

A streetcar, Saley explained, is more of a community-transit vehicle that shares the roadway with other vehicles.

Both types of transit are being evaluated during this study.

The alignment for the South Davis line begins in Salt Lake City at 400 West near 200 South and heads north on 400 West. It turns left onto Beck Street where it runs down the middle of the road until it approaches U.S. 89 in North Salt Lake.

The line will veer along the east side of Beck Street, where a new frontage road would need to be built. Through North Salt Lake, Woods Cross and West Bountiful, the line would travel north along U.S. 89 to state Route 106 and then turn east at 400 North and follow Main Street until it reaches Parrish Lane.

From there, riders can pick up a bus to the Farmington FrontRunner Station.

By spring 2009, UTA expects to have a draft ESR available for comment.

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