Learn about Projects for Utah Transit Authority, including Depot District Clean Fuels Tech Center Depot District Clean Fuels Tech Center, SD Overhaul, and TIGER Grant Projects.

Depot District Clean Fuels Tech Center Depot District Clean Fuels Tech Center

This project will replace the existing aging and undersized Central bus facility, housing up to 150 alternative and standard fuel buses with the ability to expand to 250 buses in the future. This will allow for the growth of bus service to 5,000 additional daily riders by the year 2050. The initial phase of the project constructed the CNG Fuel & Fare Collection building on the site. 2019 activities will include building demolition, structural stabilization of the roof of the old locomotive building that will be repurposed for the bus maintenance shop, construction of the wash building, addition of the diesel fueling system, and site canopies and full site work. Construction activities in 2010 through 2021 will include the final construction of the maintenance building and operations building, as well as solarization and microgrid power system. Impact on Operating Budget: The project is projected to decrease the operating budget by about $400,000 annually. The state legislature has appropriated $2.5M per year to fund the project

SD Overhaul

When TRAX made its debut in 1999, a fleet of Siemens SD100 light rail vehicles began transporting thousands of Utahns along the Wasatch Front each day. As UTA’s light rail service grew, UTA added 17 Siemens SD160 light rail vehicles. UTA is in the midst of an extensive overhaul program designed to sustain the life of both the SD 100 and SD 160 vehicles as required by the Federal Transit Administration. This will enable UTA to safely operate the fleets up to its projected 30-year lifespan.

Establishing an overhaul program is an industry-best practice that will significantly impact most of the vehicles’ systems and components for the purpose of improving safety, efficiency and passenger comfort.

To begin the project, UTA evaluated every system in each fleet to determine the appropriate time and cost for overhauling/replacing components. Whenever possible, UTA will perform the work in-house enabling us to create several full time positions to compete the overhaul. Developing the employees skill set enables UTA to build a solid foundation for future long term maintenance needs. UTA has also set up specific maintenance shops for overhaul implementation. These shops will help sustain our light rail fleet throughout its useful life.

TIGER Grant Projects

In conjunction with six counties, two metropolitan planning agencies, and dozens of Utah cities, UTA was notified in late 2016 that it had been awarded a $20 million grant which will be matched with local funding to improve transit access as well as trails and bikeways feeding into the transit system over the next five years. Projects in 2019 are estimated at approximately $15 million. However, this yearly budget consists of the local government match combined with the Federal grant. The UTA cost will be specifically for the UTA projects that are part of the TIGER grant.

Airport Station TRAX Relocation

Salt Lake City International Airport is undergoing an almost $3 billion renovation, including the relocation of its terminal building. In order to provide front door light rail service to the new terminal building, UTA will be required to relocate a portion of its light rail track as well as the Airport TRAX station at an estimated cost of $22.9 million. Proceeds from the 2018 bond issue will be used to pay for this improvement. Materials procurement will occur in 2019 and construction in 2020 through 2021.

Sugar House S-Line Double Track

Funded by a grant from Salt Lake County, two blocks of the S-Line in South Salt Lake will be double tracked. When completely double tracked, the S-Line will be able to handle more frequent service between the Sugar House area in Salt Lake City and the City of South Salt Lake. Construction of the project, which began in 2018, is expected to be complete in early 2019. Impact on Operating Budget: A grant is funding $500,000 to cover operating cost impacts due to increased frequency

Box Elder Right of Way

Acquiring right of way between Ogden and Brigham City will preserve options for a future transit line between the two communities. In Box Elder County, funding for this project is coming from the second quarter sales tax passed by residents to support the development of the extension of commuter rail to Brigham City. Ogden City has applied for corridor preservation funds to obtain property in Weber County. This funding is needed to purchase any property in Weber County. The Utah Division of Water Resources (DWRe) is also working to preserve corridor for future water infrastructure in Box Elder County. UTA and DWRe have signed an agreement to jointly acquire property where the corridors run parallel.

Locomotive Engine Overhaul Project

The project will sustain the life of the engines and UTA will be able to upgrade all the locomotives from Tier 1 to Tier 2+ emission standards, which will significantly improve our emissions of criteria air pollutants along the Wasatch Front.

UVU Ped Bridge

Construction of this 1000’ long pedestrian bridge should begin in late 2018 or early 2019 and be completed by late 2019 or early 2020. The west end of the bridge is located in the southeast corner of the Orem Intermodal center. The east end is located on the UVU campus. This is a UDOT project. The total project cost is approximately $16 million. UTA agreed to participate by contributing $4 million for bridge construction. This will be paid in 2 installments of $2M each – one in 2019 and one in 2020.

Main St/400 South - Half Grand Union Interlocking Replacement

This state of good repair project will replace the 20-year old, aging half grand union in the intersection of 400 South and Main Street. All three light rail lines travel through this intersection. The project will include upgrading switches, signaling and communications to insure against a potential failure and derailment on the system. The new track work will be encapsulated to prevent stray current.

Delta and 150 Interlocking Replacement

The Delta station and 150 South Main Street Interlocking switch-tub systems on the light rail line have settled, causing the drainage system to fail and the tubs to fill with water. The freezing of the water has caused the concrete along the rail to crack and the turnouts to become loose causing the trains to occasionally snag the OCS cables and shut down service. This project will replace the interlockings.