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Published: Wednesday, May 8 2013 10:45 a.m. MDT

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toosmartforyou
Farmington, UT

I'll bet this impacts a lot of SLC residents but doesn't make one iota of difference concerning the inversion. If it were me, I'd be embarrassed to use that logic to determine an important issue and having the decision make absolutely no difference at all. One might as well trade in their pick-up truck for a car that got 28 mpg and expect gas prices to drop as demand was less. I did the truck trade part of that, but I didn't expect gas prices to drop and guess what----they didn't!

So there goes 1100 East as a street to reduce traffic congestion. By creating more traffic congestion the pollution factor just went up, not down. Oh well....

My2Cents
Taylorsville, UT

So does this mean 1100 east is no longer open to vehicle traffic? If so then its the death of every business and home located along 1100 east as it seems to be the objective by UTA. Now the UTA can buy the land pennies on the dollar and sell it for a profit to high rise hotels or apartments served by TRAX lines.

Liberal Ted
Salt Lake City, UT

Maybe the city can look into having the street car go over bridges or under the road in certain intersections to mitigate traffic congestion while they're saving trees along the route.

It's a frustrating enough of a city with signals that are not timed. Signal peds that run 45 seconds for peds that are not there. Then to top it off. Run into a trax line several times that holds up traffic, then run into the front runner line which is faster, then run into Union Pacific or a different major rail road line. Then to turn a corner and run into a trolley line, trax line again, then have panhandlers riding their jazzies into the road collecting money, then a bicyclists cutting you off and then a few jaywalkers.

It seems there are enough ways the city could improve air quality without building more lines. Just work on some of the issues that are there right now.

Can the Councilman that claimed it was a vote for clean air, provide the study that showed this will actually improve the air quality?

bossysheryl
Salt Lake City, UT

This decision has so many problems with it, it's ridiculous--the fact that Becker's 'green' ego was part of the preference in the study, the fact thst the Sugarhouse community council explicitly rejected it, the community protests against EITHER plain are clear indications that this decision was never about what the SUGARHOUSE preferred alternative, and only about Becker and his Bike Brigade.

Why was this even under consideration, when there's a general transportation study already underway? A planning process with a LOT more time and effort invested in it than the $150K Salt Lake City handed over to their pet 'agency' in order to come up with the 11th East and 2100 So non-alternatives.Why is Salt Lake City's mayor's office making an end run around this long term planning process?

If you agree that NONE of this even be on the table before the long term plan is complete, you should call the SL County Mayor's office and tell them so. It may be the only chance to keep $20 million from being sucked down the drain.

Mighty Mouse
Salt Lake City, Utah

I respect the leadership of the Salt Lake City Council. This is a wise decision. The streetcar will be a boon for everyone who owns property on 1100 East. If you don't believe it, go visit Portland. It will ease congestion and will reduce exhaust emissions by reducing vehicle trips. No it won't solve the Wasatch Front's disastrous filthy air problem which is making us the shame of the nation but it is one step in the right direction.

David Paulsen
Salt Lake City, UT

@Liberal Ted

I know a lot of people don't understand that traffic signals are timed so the person who is caught for 45 seconds at a red light can make it up and it doesn't really have anything to do with pedestrians. You are at a red light because your traffic group got out of sync with the traffic signals. You can't blame pedestrians for being stopped because it has nothing to do with them. You think the reason the light changed is because of a pedestrian light but its not since the pedestrian light is still in sync with their vehicular traffic light in situations you mention.

The pedestrian light does NOT have anything to do with your traffic signals. It has to do with cross traffic at the intersection you are at. You are forced to yield because you are at a light timed for you to yield to ALL cross traffic. During high peak traffic times the traffic lights are all timed since theres no technology that allows traffic lights to be coordinated with specific vehicle groups. It just knows you should be there and if you aren't you are a different traffic group

Counter Intelligence
Salt Lake City, UT

Street car is NOT light rail or Frontrunner - it is a trolley
Most Sugar House neigborhoods were streetcar subdivisions that grew up around trolley
1100 East is a former trolley line street
1100 East is commercial because it was the main highway from Holladay prior to I-80 (1300 East off-ramp) and widening 700 East
The Coucil should be commended for looking at the facts

trustmeiknow
Salt Lake City, UT

1100 east is so tiny. How about better bus service? All this will do is destroy residents property, and put small businesses out of business.

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