Tuesday, December 05, 2006

South Salt Lake City Council Presentation

4 Dec 2006

On Wednesday I was invited to make a presentation to the South Salt Lake City Council.

They listened to my summary for nearly a half hour and asked many questions. The tone of the meeting was very good. Some of them asked for some follow up information that I am now getting ready.
Also GJ LaBonty of UTA gave the council an update of the Transportation Alternatives Study of the SugarHouse Spur.

The City Attorney also reviewed to the council some of the aspects of the city's relationship to UTA.

It appears that the Alternatives Study will look at Trax, Bus Rapid Transit, UTA operated modern Streetcar, and my Vintage Trolley. The study will likely consider using different corridors.

I have heard the various engineering companies are to have their preliminary proposals submitted by Dec 5th. UTA will select the Engineering company by December 22nd barring any glitches.


Tuesday, November 14, 2006

SugarHouse Trolley in SL Tribune

Proponent says Sugar House-South Salt Lake line could be practical, and a tourist magnet

By Cathy McKitrick
The Salt Lake Tribune
SugarHouse Trolley and other Utah Trams, Trolleys, Light Rail info

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Trolley in the Deseret News

Deseret Morning News, Tuesday, November 07, 2006

South Salt Lake mixed-use project sought

By Amelia Nielson-Stowell
Deseret Morning News

SOUTH SALT LAKE — A developer is hoping to capitalize on the transportation stops in South Salt Lake and create a 12-acre community with retail and residential space.

Deseret Morning News graphic
The $350 million to $400 million mixed-use project, Market Station, would feature 15-17 buildings, some up to 11 stories high, with hundreds of thousands of square feet of retail space and 600 residential units.

"No doubt it's a tired area that's been light industrial in the area for years, and it's run its course in that use," said developer Steve Aste. "It's long overdue for a project like this."

Aste, managing partner of Park City-based Cascade Developments Partners, is building the project with Los Angeles-based West Millennium Homes. The two already opened phase one of their project earlier this year. That development, Central Pointe, a 76-unit condo complex with seven retail stores, is located at 2150 S. Main St.

Market Station is phase two of the expansion and will extend from 2100 South to 2300 South and Main Street to State Street. The site was formerly home to Burton Lumber, which vacated the grounds over a year ago.

The project is centered around various transportation hubs. Both Interstate 15 and Interstate 80 feed into the project, as does TRAX. A proposed trolley line would run from the Central Pointe TRAX stop near Market Station to Sugar House on an existing hard-rail line along 2200 South, a Utah Transit Authority right-of-way.

The idea of a trolley has been discussed for years, but Aste said it could be a reality in the next three or four years. However, UTA's Justin Jones said the earliest it could be created would be 2030. Currently, UTA is focusing on extending other TRAX lines before developing the trolley system.

"Since we have a corridor and a right of way, it would be silly not to use it for some sort of transportation purpose," said Jones, the UTA spokesman. "But there isn't any funding for it."

Aste's project and the lack of parking in Sugar House have spurred additional city support for the trolley line. South Salt Lake and Salt Lake City have both funded a preliminary study on the proposal. Results could be released by January.

That study will explore various options for the UTA rail corridor, such as using a trolley, light-rail car or bus, and even the possibility of adding a walking and biking trail next to the rail line.

But Bill Anderson, chairman of the South Salt Lake City Council, said the council does not want to use that rail corridor for the project because it cuts through neighborhoods and would likely have few if any stops within South Salt Lake. He favors a soft-tire trolley bus that would run on the streets and stop every few blocks.


-We plan on having Trolley Stops in SSLC @ 3rd W. ,West Temple, State, 3rd E. , & 5th E. . Are 5 Trolley Stops in SSLC enough???



Market Station, however, is a welcome project in the city of 22,000, where 62 percent of residents are renters.

"Because of that location, it obviously has potential for development," Anderson said. "We're thrilled that somebody is willing to take the risk. That is not a cheap gamble to be taking."

Unlike other retail-driven projects, Market Station will be its own small community, with a grocery store and dry cleaner.

"It's going to be different from what (Salt Lake) is doing at City Creek or the Gateway, because those are destination malls. This is centered around community first," he said. "I don't view it as competition, I view it as an alternative."

In the coming month, South Salt Lake's Redevelopment Agency Board will discuss making the 12-acre site a redevelopment project. If that is approved, property-tax dollars could be diverted to it for infrastructure costs, such as redoing the old sewer system, putting power lines below ground and building a public parking lot.

E-mail: astowell@desnews.com

© 2006 Deseret News Publishing Company

Monday, October 09, 2006

SugarHouse Trolley News: Oct 06

I recently got some news: Sometime after the first of the year UTA, SSLC, & SLC will be doing a transportation alternatives study for the "Sugar House Spur". I have been informed that our Trolley Plan is officially one of the alternatives that will be considered. Hey, it is a step in the right direction.


Tuesday, August 15, 2006

New Spot for Utah Rail developments


I just created this blog to discuss Tram, Trolley, and Streetcar developments in the Great State of Utah.

I am partial to the proposed SugarHouse Trolley because that is the project I am working to create.

Check out My Streetcar blog for more details.