Draper TRAX Line Overview
The Wasatch Front Regional Council (WFRC), Salt Lake County’s metropolitan planning organization, and the Utah Transit Authority (UTA) have identified the need for a high-capacity transit option in the southern part of Salt Lake County. This transportation solution will enhance mobility and meet the long-term travel needs of the growing region’s residents and businesses as outlined in the 2030 Long Range Transportation Plan developed by WFRC.
UTA, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Transit Administration (FTA), conducted several studies including a Transit Alternatives Study, Scoping report and Alternatives Analysis to identify the most effective transit mode and to determine a proposed alignment.
The studies were conducted to look at mobility, growth patterns, cost-effectiveness, environment and land use, transit type, and identify a locally-preferred alternative. The studies identified light rail as the preferred transit mode and the UTA-owned right-of-way (the former Union Pacific Railroad right-of-way) was selected as the preferred alternative to be analyzed in detail in the Environmental Impact Statement process. Essentially this initially would extend the current north-south TRAX Line which ends at 10000 South through southern Sandy and into Draper at 12400 South (Pioneer Road) and eventually to 14600 South.
Subsequently, the WFRC also formally adopted the UTA-owned right-of-way as the locally preferred alternative and identified a minimum operable segment (MOS) as the area extending from 10000 South in Sandy to 12400 South (Pioneer Road) in Draper as the first phase of the financially constrained plan. Extension of the line beyond the MOS to 14600 South is envisioned for the future phases of the project as funding becomes available.
The Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) was completed in December 2009, and the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) was completed in July 2010. The FTA issued its Record of Decision , which signals formal federal approval of the FEIS, in September 2010. The FTA signed a Full Funding Grant Agreement in Dec. 2011. This signifies federal funding equal to approximately 60 percent of the costs associated with the extension to Draper.
UTA has completed approximately 50 percent of the construction including most of the tracks and crossings, as well as the installation of sound barriers. Work on the three new stations (11400 South, 11800 South and Pioneer Road) and the overhead power supply infrastructure will be the construction focus through early 2012.