SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, Aug. 16, 2021 (Gephardt Daily) — Utah Transit Authority and Salt Lake City on Monday announced the start of construction on a new TRAX station near the intersection of 600 South and Main Street.
This station, which is part of the long-term plan for light rail, “will provide access to a rapidly developing part of the city” with service anticipated to begin in early 2022, said a news release from UTA.
“Transit access is essential to cultivating and maintaining equitable communities,” Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall said. “This new TRAX station will not only support the mid-town neighborhood’s new activity sparked by forthcoming developments, but also ease north and south connections for the area’s longtime residents, businesses, and organizations.”
Public-private collaboration distinguishes this new TRAX station, supporting the transit and economic development goals of both Salt Lake City and UTA. The Redevelopment Agency of Salt Lake City brought adjacent developers to the table to complete the station’s funding needs and move this long-planned project forward. In addition, the RDA Board approved $1,428,502 in RDA funds to contribute to the station’s construction.
“Partnership is the key to building infrastructure that truly serves the needs of our community,” said Carlton Christensen, chair of the UTA Board of Trustees. “We’re excited to increase access to TRAX and we are grateful to Salt Lake City and all parties who have come together to help us move forward and build this new station.”
The station design will include artwork titled “The Crossing” by artist Jiyoun Lee-
Construction activities began last week with no anticipated impacts to TRAX service or vehicle traffic on Main Street. As the project progresses, click here for updates.