The Federal Transit Administration will provide $116 million to extend TRAX light-rail transit service from downtown Salt Lake City, Utah, into the suburb of Draper. The 3.8-mile extension is the final project in a bold seven-year, 70-mile effort to significantly expand transit options for residents and commuters in the Salt Lake City area, one of the nation's fastest growing cities.
“When completed, Salt Lake’s transit system will connect dozens of communities along the fast-growing Wasatch Front, support new economic development and generate thousands of good jobs for the community,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “This is a terrific example of how investing in our transportation systems lays a strong foundation for our nation’s continued economic growth.”
The extension of TRAX service to Draper is the final project in UTA’s Frontlines 2015 Program, a $2.9 billion program to build 70 miles of rail in seven years and place a major transit stop within reach of every resident in the UTA service area. Four new light-rail lines, one new commuter rail line and a new light-rail maintenance facility will more than double UTA’s existing rail system.