SUGAR HOUSE, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - People in Sugar House got their first look at the streetcar that will be running through their neighborhood. The $37 million project went under construction in April and will soon be operating December 8th.
However, starting next week testing will take place to prepare for service. The new streetcar is called the Silver Line. The S-Line will run along a two mile stretch from 2230 South between the central point TRAX station and Highland Drive, bringing both Sugar House and South Salt Lake residents together.“We are really trying to give people multiple options to get around that are convenient easy and accessible,” says Mayor Ralph Becker.
The street car is similar looking to Utah’s current light rail car, but will operate alone, going 20 miles per hour and hold up to 60 people.
Mayor Becker says the new way of transportation goes along with the changes in downtown Salt Lake. "We think it is going to be both a great transportation addition but also help us improve the quality of life for this whole area,” Says Mayor Becker.
Utah Transit Authority says they expect over 2500 people a day to use street car -making getting along much easier and in turn help reduce traffic. The cost of the street car is the same as using TRAX with a fair pay card