Wasn't there concern about the initial TRAX on the east side, that no one would
use it, yet it is over-used. The west side is in desperate need for light rail
- all the way to Herriman, West Valley City needs support this so very important
form of transportation!
WVC is being amazingly shortsighted on this. As long as 5600 West is being
reconstructed with a bus lane - leave room for eventual light rail. Perhaps
densities in WVC wont support it - but they are not the only ones on the line
and people in South and West Jordan need to get to the airport and downtown.Dont close the door to common sense.
I'm not sure whether I favor Trax on 5600 West or not, but I can tell you that
some things in this article are not true:"Currently, 5600 West runs
along a collection of big-box stores and a few schools and gas stations.
However, the street is mostly bordered by suburban homes on single lots. It ends
with a four-way stop that leads to a dead end at about 6600 South."5600 W. dead ends about 7200 S. after connecting with 70th S. There are many
homes, schools, and churches just off of 5600 W. south of 6600 S. and that
includes my home. Many people south of here use 5600 W. to get to the 201 to
get to work downtown. No matter which plan is favored people ought
to be using correct information to make decisions.
I have seen the rapid bus transit lanes in 3500 S. I don't know if they are
being used yet. Until they are, I am not sure this is a good idea or not.I am not sure about 5600 West yet, but I would much rather ride TRAX
than a bus.I guess the Mayor would rather have his own car and spend
federal taxpayer money changing out light fixures for hundreds of thousands of
our money. I have not been impressed with "Winter" yet. When do we
Go with light rail. A west side north/south line is a fabulous idea.
People always complain about progress, up until it gets built. Then they are the
first ones in line! WVC needs to look past the next 5 years and think about the
next 50. In the next 50 years, where is the SL Valley going to grow? On the
west side, with 5600 west being a big part of that growth. Do it now and by the
time they actually complete the project, there will be enough population growth
to use it. I hate it when government (in general) waits until there is
overcrowding and THEN they decide to expand/improve roads or TRAX lines and then
for the next few years traffic is the biggest headache! Have any of these city
officials driven on 3500 S in their own West Valley City sometime in the past 3
years? It's a nightmare! Why wait when you can do it now?!
Note to West Valley:"If you build it, they will come." Property values around trax lines have increased and development around trax
stations is booming...
Growth will happen, West Valley needs to stay ahead of it, instead of letting it
explode. Expand 5600.
The current north-south TRAX line for the most part runs along relatively less
trafficked side streets. 5600 West is a major corridor that would be killed if
the all the left turns were eliminated. Even if we need TRAX in 50 years, it is
not worth sacrificing the next half century of economic viability on that
street. I agree with Pyle and Winder!
Enough with the toy trains already. They just finished rebuilding 5600 West last
year to 6200 South and it is working fine. It is not a good idea to mess with it
now. Surface-level light rail slows vehicle traffic and kills people. There were
better choices before T(r)AX was built, there are better choices now.
"surface-level light rail slows vehicle traffic and kills people."Light rail may slow cars at times at an intersection, but the packed-full
train that that goes thru the same intersection carries more people than all of
the cars that may get a few seconds of delay. As far as killing people, if you
look at how often there are fatal traffic accidents and compare it to how many
light-rail accidents there are, you would immediately see that driving a car is
much more dangerous.
last thing we need is more construction.
The last thing the west side needs is short sighted leaders and citizens. Once
it is built people will wonder why it wasn't done sooner. Prepare for growth,
don't react to it.
Considering that every parcle of land has already been platted between 5600 West
and 8400 West and from 4500 South to 10800 South, I'm betting the needed density
will be there.A light rail line running on 5600 West could easily
connect into the Mid-Jordan line at Old Bingham Highway and the West Vally line
at either 3100 South or 3500 South and connect to the Airport line at 3600
West.Meh, but who would want to improve transit on 5600 West or 3500
South in West Valley? Waiting five cycles to get through a light at rush hour
is too much fun.
UTA spent MILLIONS to put the "fast buses" in the middle of the road! THAT WAS
a complete WASTE of money (but then again, its not THEIR money so who cares)!Having buses accessible, and running often is a big plus, but there's
ABSOLUTELY, POSITIVELY, no reason to put them in the center of the road. Saving
1-2 minutes on a 25 minute trip on a "fast bus" is not worth the millions UTA
spent to re-vamp the road to make the MAX bus "look neat"!When UTA
gets enough riders that a bus arriving every 15 minutes is FULL - then and only
then start talking about spending MILLIONS on TRAX!Until then,
please just leave the "construction issues" alone and concentrate on ACTUALLY
I (along with half the people on the west side) use 5600 West to get from where
I live (5600 W 6200 S) to get to 201. If you take that major thorofare away and
put in Trax, how we I get to 201? Bangerter is too crowded and too difficult to
get to in the morning! NO TRAX on 5600 West.
The West Side definitely needs more mass transit options, and a north-south
corridor of light rail would be great. But is 56th the best place to put it?
I'm not so sure. It would be next to the planned Mountain View corridor, and if
the TRAX line went all the way out to the Airport, that would be great. But it
would need to connect to more east-west lines. That's will make it most useful.
Perhaps the line could run down 6400 west instead of 56th. It's
not as busy, and not too far away from the main corridor. There are a lot of
options, and I think they all should be reviewed. Oh, and the bus
lane down the middle of the road? Brilliant! It will save bus travel times
considerably. That's where it's value comes. Fewer delays because of cars on
the road mean better connections, meaning I can get to work on time. Right now
it's hit or miss because of traffic in front of the bus.
That is what Mountain View Corridor is being built for. That will be your new
North-South to SR-201 and I-80 for that matter.
Isn't the Newspaper Agency Corporation located at 4700 South and 5600 West?
Also, the Frito-Lay plant is just west of there. Isn't the USANA Ampitheater
just a few blocks away? Imagine having a Trax line that would ease traffic
congestion before and after those concerts during the summer.
I think west valley city is being very short sighted, but whatever. Let the
money be spent to make the public transportation on the east side then. I live