Utah Transit Authority (UTA) brought online this week two new extensions of its well-regarded Salt Lake City TRAX light rail network. The first projects in UTA’s ambitious Frontlines 2015 program, UTA delivered the new West Valley and Mid-Jordan TRAX lines 20% under budget and a year early, boosted by funds the federal New Starts grant program and from a quarter-cent local sales tax increase.
The 5.1-mile West Valley extension ($370 million total cost) forms part of a new TRAX green line that will eventually run from downtown Salt Lake City to the Salt Lake City International Airport. The 10.6-mile Mid-Jordan extension ($535 million total cost) lengthens the TRAX red line to connect to a new mixed-use transit oriented development dubbed Daybreak.
The two extensions will more than double total TRAX light rail vehicles in operation, including 77 new Siemens S70 low-floor cars and almost double total TRAX system mileage.
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