Sugar House Streetcar – 1100 East to 1700 South and eventually on to 900 South and beyond or east on 2100 South

Sugar House Streetcar – 1100 East to 1700 South and eventually on to 900 South and beyond or east on 2100 South

Written by East Central Chair

Topics: Alternative Transportation, Completed, Transit and Transportation

Salt Lake City, South Salt Lake, and UTA are developing a streetcar line in the Sugar House area.
This is an ongoing project and you are invited to join in the process to contribute your ideas and thoughts.
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The City Council will make the final determination of the “locally preferred alternative” to extend the Sugar House Street Car line.
Knowing that the street car project now under construction will stop at McClelland Street (1040 East) north of Sugarmont Drive (2225 South), Mayor Ralph Becker’s Administration and the Salt Lake City Redevelopment Agency commissioned a study of where the street car line should go next.
The study, begun in March 2011, looked at a variety of options aimed at accomplishing three goals:
  • extending the street car line to Highland Drive,
  • extending the street car line to 2100 South Street, and
  • extending the street car line beyond the intersection of 2100 South and Highland Drive
  • The study divides the project into three phases and recommends an option for each phase, but the City Council could choose other options.
  • The availability of money and timing will determine when each phase is built.

The third phase involves deciding where the street car line should go after it reaches the intersection of 2100 South and Highland Drive. The study recommends that the line should be extended north up 1100 East Street to 1700 South Street with stops at Hollywood Avenue, Garfield Avenue, and 1700 South Street. However, the study acknowledges that “there remains strong support for a connection along 2100 South to Sugar House Park and Highland High School.”

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The study recommends that the first phase should be to extend the street car line from McClelland Street to Highland Drive. That would roughly extend the line a little more than half a block.

The study recommends that the second phase should be to extend track east where Simpson Avenue curves away from Sugarmont Drive to Highland Drive. From there the line would turn north along Highland Drive until it nearly reaches 2100 South where the track would turn left onto the Sugar House Monument Plaza. Other options would have street cars turning left onto Highland Drive directly from Sugarmont Drive or use the recommended option to extend the line into the commercial area between Simpson and Wilmington avenues, or make a full loop using those streets. However, even the loop ultimately would stop at the Sugar House Monument.

That option would involve placing four stops on 2100 South Street – at 1200 East, at 1345 East at Sugar House Park, near the 1500 East entrance to Sugar House Park, and at 1700 East in front of Highland Drive. 

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The Council is tentatively scheduled to hold a public hearing on the Sugar House Streetcar on April 24, 2013.

To see the information about the Open House to discuss the Master Plan and Zoning changes proposed along the route of the streetcar line in order to promote development, please click here: notice2013-04-16 (1)

To see the full Sugar House project, analysis of the varied routes for phase 2 and other resources please click here:

http://shstreetcar.com/

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Esther is a Chair of the East Central Community Council.

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