TRAX line from SLC to Tooele could happen; would be costly, UTA says

Jun 8, 2022, 9:00 PM | Updated: Jun 9, 2022, 8:17 am
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FILE - A TRAX train carries passengers on Main Street in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018. Photo credit: Ravell Call/Deseret News.

SALT LAKE CITY — It can often take hours to get from Tooele County into Salt Lake County, as I-80 is the only main road out of Tooele. UTA Spokesman Carl Arky told KSL NewsRadio’s Dave & Dujanovic that they have explored the possibility of putting a TRAX line between the two counties.

The project, however, would come with an expensive price tag.

“We did look at rail,” Arky said. “We did a feasibility study not too long ago. It’s not imminent, but I would think it’s something that’s not off the table either. It’s something that’s very expensive as you might guess.”

Arky says it would cost $1 billion to put one line into Tooele. 

He says that in conjunction with UDOT, buses would be allowed to use the shoulders of SR-36 when there is excessive congestion. Arky says the shoulders of the highway would have to be widened. 

According to Arky, the city of Chicago uses a similar program that works well.

Push the play button below to listen to more from UTA Spokesman Cark Arky.

Mark Jones contributed to this article.

Dave & Dujanovic can be heard on weekdays from 9 a.m. to noon.

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TRAX line from SLC to Tooele could happen; would be costly, UTA says