The route for the extension of TRAX from the Delta Center to Salt Lake City's new intermodal transportation hub was unveiled Thursday night at an open house. The city is seeking public input on the plan including where stops along the way should be.
Comment on design issues unique to the development of the intermodal hub transit facility will be solicited through the end of January.
The TRAX extension will run from UTA's Delta Center station, 400 W. South Temple, south on 400 West for two blocks to 200 South, turn west on 200 South and continue west to 650 West, where it will enter the hub site.
The hub will connect TRAX with UTA commuter rail, Greyhound bus, UTA bus and Amtrak. Construction has already begun on the facility.
Five alternatives are being evaluated as possible station stops in the TRAX extensions 125 South/400 West; 475 West/200 South; 525 West/200 South; stations at both 125 South and 525 West; or no stations at all.
As the preliminary design continues, funding is also being secured. Once those two steps are complete, it will take 6-12 months to do a final design, with completion of the line 12 to18 months later. The hope is to have the TRAX extension and intermodal hub ready when commuter rail from Salt Lake to Ogden is in place.
Salt Lake City is also evaluating where TRAX should be placed relative to roadways. "Center running," similar to Salt Lake's current TRAX arrangement, is the recommended alignment.
Installation of the TRAX line on 400 West will cause the greatest disruption to traffic and Gateway business because of the many utility lines under that street. However, some businesses along 200 South also will be affected.
Richard Thomas of Thomas Electric Co., 549 W. 200 South, attended the open house and is most concerned about on-street parking being preserved.
"I hope they allow as much as they can," he said.
His family business has been located there for 75 years and although the TRAX line won't directly enhance his business, he does believe it will increase property values in the area.
Thomas was not only impressed with the open house but also with the dialogue Salt Lake officials have already begun with him and other area business owners. He believes the city has learned valuable lessons from construction of TRAX on Main Street and then eastward along 400 South.
Maria Halton, 14, of West Valley City, also attended the open house. She said she will ride the TRAX-commuter rail system through the hub when it's completed.
Her younger sister, Julie, 12, agreed.
"It would be better than driving a car, because there's less traffic," she said.
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