Light rail moves inland from the 'Left Coast'

Best, Allen
November 2005
High Country News;11/14/2005, Vol. 37 Issue 21, p14
This article presents information about the development of light rail system in Salt lake City, Utah. During the 1980s, some liberal-minded cities were building or expanding their rail systems, but the leaders of Salt Lake City were still focused on expanding the highway system to fulfill the demand of growing population. However, it soon became clear to them they needed a new approach to slow traffic congestion or to control air pollution. In 1992, the Salt Lake City leaders decided to establish a light rail system in the city and they asked voters for a increase in sales tax to collect fund for light rail. The Salt Lake's light rail, named as Trax, started in December 1999. Business leaders liked it and soon helped engineer an extension from down-town Salt Lake to the University of Utah. Trax helped in reducing parking needs at the university. In just six years, light rail has become deeply embedded in the daily routine of the city. Salt Lake's embrace of light rail is being noted in other cities also.


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