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Draper City continues progress toward TRAX line development in Draper

(Draper Journal) Construction of the Utah Transit Authority TRAX line in Draper could begin as early as the end of this year or the beginning of the next.

So said Draper Assistant City Manager David Dobbins in a presentation before the Draper City Council during the council meeting held March 30.

UTA Spokesperson Gerry Carpenter confirmed that the planned TRAX project could be under way after the completion of an environmental impact study on the planned line area.

"The entire study area goes from 10000 South, the current end of the line in Sandy, all the way out to 14600 South at the Point of the Mountain," Carpenter said. "Construction could begin as early as next year, assuming that we do get the record of decision and are authorized to move forward."

Public hearings were held in January to take comment on the plans for the proposed TRAX line extension.

After the environmental impact study in complete, which is currently in draft form and should be ready in the next couple of months, application to the Federal Transit Authority will be made for funding for the project.

Carpenter said UTA could receive nearly 80 percent of the funds necessary to begin the project on the first segment of the line.

UTA has already received nearly $10 million in federal funds for preliminary work on the Draper project.

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