Originally Posted by delts145
WooHoo!!!!! Yes...Light rail on Foothill and a train all the way to Park City. Now that's my kind of thinking.
How much are your willing to pay for this line? At 40-50 million per mile, a rail line to Kimball Junction would push 1 billion dollars. That figure is an estimat for LRT, not heavy rail that would be required to get up Parleys. That is about $1,000 per resident of SL CO. That also would not include the necessary bridges over interstates, creeks, underpasses, wildlife crossings, etc. Not to mention the design necessary to handle the grades. I like the idea and would support it if it was reasonable cost wise, but I just don't see how this thing would ever pencil out in a cost/reward analysis.
Foothill has a lot of issues. It is very much a suburban type of roadway, I think it is a lot like 5400 South west of Redwood Rd. The biggest issue is that the residents are not likely to support any kind of increased density on either side of the street based on the history of the Foothill Apartments and Wal Mart site. If there is no increase in users between I215 and Sunnyside, there is not point in building any stops, except for perhaps at Foothill Village. You could get some density in small pockets, like around Foothill Village or the Wal mart/Foothill apartments, but it will cost some politicians an election. And where does it go once Foothill turns into I215? All along I215 on the east side it will run into the same type of anti density battle. I would rather see the money spent on projects that actually will have an impact on transportation, promote new, walkable development within existing nodal areas, such as Sugarhouse, 9th and 9th (both east and west sides), State St, etc. and easily be extended beyond SLC boundaries.