Salt Lake City, Utah/North-South LRT

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North-South LRT

Salt Lake City, UT


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The Utah Transit Authority (UTA) has implemented a 15-mile light rail transit (LRT) line from downtown Salt Lake City along State Street then paralleling I-15 to suburban areas to the south. The line opened for regular weekday service on December 6, 1999. The South LRT line operates at-grade on city streets in downtown Salt Lake City (two miles) and on a railroad right-of-way (13 miles) owned by UTA to the suburban community of Sandy. The total cost of this project is estimated at $312.49 million (escalated dollars). Although the South LRT was estimated to carry 14,000 passengers per day in 2000 (opening year) and 23,000 passengers per day in 2010, current ridership has already exceeded 26,000 weekday riders. A total of 21 light rail vehicles have been ordered and delivered for the project. The South LRT project is one component of the Interstate 15 corridor improvement initiative, which includes reconstruction of a parallel segment of I-15.


In August 1995, FTA and UTA entered into a Full Funding Grant Agreement (FFGA) for $237.39 million in Section 5309 New Start funds. TEA-21 Section 3030(a)(74) authorized the South LRT for final design and construction. Through FY 2000, Congress has appropriated $236.68 million for right-of-way acquisition, engineering, design and construction activities contained in the scope of the FFGA. An additional $6.60 million in Section 5309 New Starts funds was appropriated prior to the FFGA.

FTA issued the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the project in September 1994 and signed the Record of Decision in November 1994. Construction of the project has been completed and regular service on the line commenced on December 6, 1999.

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Proposed Source of Funds

Total Funding ($million)


Appropriations to Date

  §5309 New Starts


($236.68 million appropriated through FY 2000.)
Section 5309 Bus







NOTE: Totals may not add due to rounding. Appropriations do not reflect $6.60 million appropriated prior to the FFGA

North-South LRT (map)