The name and look of the first streetcar to travel Utah’s streets in more than 50 years was unveiled today. The S Line was named in honor of the streetcar’s two founding cities, Salt Lake and South Salt Lake, as well as the Sugar House neighborhood it calls home. S Line cars will feature a distinctive white and silver design that reflects the area’s industrial heritage.
“This is no ordinary rail line,” said South Salt Lake City Mayor Cherie Wood. “This represents a piece of the city’s industrial history that we are all so proud of.”
The S Line cars will be the same Siemens S70 cars used on TRAX lines, although they will run as single cars and will operate at speeds of 20 mph or less. The decision allows the Utah Transit Authority to save money by utilizing the same maintenance facilities for TRAX and the S Line, said Chief Capital Development Officer Steve Meyer.
The streetcar will feature seven stops and will run from the heart of Sugar House’s shopping district to the Central Pointe Station, where riders can connect with TRAX. The S Line corridor will feature a landscaped linear park with a walking and biking path that connects to Parley’s Trail.
“This will be a beautiful corridor for people to move through, live by and do business in,” Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker said.
The streetcar line will open for service on Dec. 8. Testing will begin Monday to allow for operator training and signal and traffic light testing. Residents should utilize designated track crossings and be aware that trains are in operation.