On the heels of snatching federal cash for the planned Sugar House streetcar, Salt Lake City has been awarded more money from Washington this time to explore alignment options for streetcars downtown.
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has allotted $470,000 for a Redevelopment Agency feasibility study. Utah's capital was one of 24 winners among 67 bids in the nationwide competition for $25.7 million, according to the Mayor's Office.
Since taking office in 2008, Mayor Ralph Becker has promoted the idea of introducing streetcars to crisscross downtown's Central Business District and connect to TRAX and FrontRunner stations. The mayor has led city delegations and business leaders to the Pacific Northwest on fact-finding missions for streetcars.