Draper Transit Corridor Environmental Impact Statement
HDR assisted the Utah Transit Authority (UTA) with the development of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to evaluate a proposed extension of their existing fixed-guideway transit service through Sandy and Draper in the southernmost part of Salt Lake County. Both UTA and the Federal Transit Administration participated in the study as lead agencies.
The overall goal of the proposed project was to increase transit ridership and thereby reduce congestion on arterial streets and Interstate 15 during peak travel times. A range of alternatives to consider was developed through a NEPA-guided public and agency involvement process. The analysis led to the selection of the Preferred Alternative, a 3.8-mile light-rail extension operating from the existing 10000 South (Sandy Civic Center) TRAX station along the UTA-owned right-of-way to Draper Town Center.
Reasons this alternative was selected include:
- It would cost the least to construct, operate and maintain
- Would have more average daily boardings, total transit trips and annual boardings
- Would have fewer environmental impacts
The quality of the EIS analysis, along with the document's user-friendly design, minimized the number of comments received from resource agencies and the public. As a result, the EIS was completed in less than three years, and the Draper Transit Corridor TRAX extension became operable in the summer of 2013.