Salt Lake City, Utah/CBD to University LRT
CBD to University LRT
Salt Lake City, Utah
The Utah Transit Authority (UTA) is implementing a light rail transit (LRT) project extending 2.5 miles from the North/South LRT line in downtown Salt Lake City to Rice-Eccles Stadium on the University of Utah campus. The proposed University LRT line includes four stations and five light rail vehicles (LRV). The University LRT line was scaled back from the previously proposed 10.9-mile West-East LRT line that would have extended from the airport to the University. LRVs will operate primarily at-grade on tracks laid in existing city streets and on property owned by Salt Lake City, Utah Department of Transportation and University of Utah. UTA estimates ridership at 7,600 boardings per average weekday in 2020. The University LRT is being planned to significantly improve access to jobs, educational opportunities, health care and housing throughout the 400 South Corridor.
The Wasatch Front Regional Council (WFRC) completed a Major Investment Study/Draft Environmental Impact Statement (MIS/DEIS) in July 1997 on the 10.9-mile West-East Corridor. FTA approved entry into preliminary engineering on the West-East LRT in January 1998. FTA approved the Airport to University – West/East Final EIS in March 1999. In December 1999, the FEIS was revised, providing for an initial line between downtown Salt Lake City and Rice-Eccles Stadium on the University of Utah campus. The revision also included a change in alignment from side running LRT to center running LRT along 400 South from Main Street to 200 East. FTA issued a Record of Decision for the Airport to University – West/East LRT in December 1999. FTA approved final design for the Central Business District to University LRT in March 2000.
FTA and UTA signed a Full Funding Grant Agreement (FFGA) with in August 2000 to implement the extension to the University. The project is scheduled for completion in November 2002 – per the FFGA. However, UTA plans a Revenue Operations Date in time to support the 2002 Winter Olympic Games.
TEA-21 Section 3030(a)(72) authorizes the Salt Lake City – Light Rail (Airport to University of Utah) for final design and construction. Through FY 2001, Congress has appropriated $1.98 million in Section 5309 New Starts funds for the project, with an additional $4.96 million appropriated to the project, but not included in the scope of the FFGA.