That new facility would replace an existing one at 616 W. 200 South that sits on 7.3 acres and maintains a fleet of 110 vehicles.
UTA says the current facility near the Salt Lake Central Station for TRAX and FrontRunner is too small for its current needs and cannot handle future requirements.
UTA spokesman Gerry Carpenter said the agency already received a $4.4 million federal grant for design of the new facility and preliminary work on the property.
The facility is projected to cost $80 million overall eventually but would likely be constructed in phases, he said. The first phase which would cost $40 million to $50 million would handle about 150 buses. UTA anticipates that construction could begin in late 2013 and be completed as soon as 2014.
UTA says in the environmental assessment that after the current maintenance facility is replaced, it would be available for a future "transit-oriented development," possibly in conjunction with the Redevelopment Agency of Salt Lake City. Such developments normally seek to create commercial and residential centers around transit stops, such as the new City Creek development downtown.
How to weigh in
The new environmental assessment is available online at www.rideuta.com.
Public comments may be sent by email to email@example.com, by fax to 801-741-8892, or by mail to: Central Bus Operations and Maintenance Facility Project, Patti Garver, Environmental Specialist, Utah Transit Authority, 669 W. 200 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84101.
The Federal Transit Administration will review the assessment and comments to determine whether to issue a finding of "no significant impact" for the project, or order a full Environmental Impact Statement instead.