West Valley leaders say no rail on 5600 West

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  • Short sided
    March 22, 2010 5:49 p.m.

    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 there anyways.

  • Did the reporter miss something?
    March 22, 2010 12:58 p.m.

    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.

  • Re: No Way
    March 22, 2010 12:55 p.m.

    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.

  • Jeremy
    March 22, 2010 11:45 a.m.

    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.

  • No way!
    March 22, 2010 10:18 a.m.

    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.

  • Clint
    March 22, 2010 10:14 a.m.

    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 IMPROVING service!

  • beernik
    March 22, 2010 9:54 a.m.

    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.

  • 5600 West
    March 22, 2010 8:09 a.m.

    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.

  • ugh
    March 22, 2010 4:44 a.m.

    last thing we need is more construction.

  • wickedgod
    March 18, 2010 7:34 p.m.

    "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.

  • No One of Consequence
    March 18, 2010 4:57 p.m.

    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.

  • TRAX would kill 5600 W
    March 18, 2010 4:55 p.m.

    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!

  • 5600 West
    March 18, 2010 4:40 p.m.

    Growth will happen, West Valley needs to stay ahead of it, instead of letting it explode. Expand 5600.

  • Build it
    March 18, 2010 3:44 p.m.

    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...

  • build it!!
    March 18, 2010 3:00 p.m.

    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?!

  • Radical Moderate
    March 18, 2010 2:53 p.m.

    Go with light rail. A west side north/south line is a fabulous idea.

  • Like trax
    March 18, 2010 2:50 p.m.

    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 get Spring?

  • Mc
    March 18, 2010 2:45 p.m.

    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.

  • short sighted
    March 18, 2010 2:34 p.m.

    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.

  • ConcernedE
    March 18, 2010 2:24 p.m.

    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!