OGDEN -- The once-stalled Ogden streetcar project is now gaining some major forward momentum.
The city council adopted a joint resolution Tuesday night, authorizing a study for a transit system connecting the Utah Transit Authority Intermodal Hub, Weber State University and McKay-Dee Hospital.
Officials said that, ideally, the study will result in a high-quality transit system between Ogden's downtown corridor and the campuses of WSU and the hospital.
"Ultimately, we want to identify a project that can be taken to construction and built," said Hal Johnson, UTA manager of project development.
The study will include architectural and engineering design work and an environmental review compliant with the National Environmental Policy Act and U.S. Department of Transportation requirements.
The study will include two routes, with one heading up 23rd Street to Washington Boulevard, then up 25th Street to Harrison Boulevard, and along Harrison to the university and the hospital.
A second route would go up 23rd Street to Washington, then up 30th Street to Harrison and to WSU and the hospital.
Different mode alternatives, such as a streetcar or a bus rapid transit system, will also be evaluated in the study.
Johnson said if it is determined the transit system will move more than 1,000 people per mile, a rail system would likely be chosen.
It's estimated that the study will cost $845,410, with funding being divided among UTA at $422,705, the Utah Department of Transportation at $50,000, WSU at $100,000, McKay-Dee Hospital at $20,000 and Ogden city at $252,705.
WSU's financial support is contingent upon one route being determined after the public process for the study is completed.
Ogden's financial support is contingent upon receiving a grant from the Weber Area Council of Governments, taken from a quarter-cent sales tax designated for transit projects.
Johnson said the study would likely begin in the winter, after the Weber County Commission gives final approval on the WACOG grant. The study will take a year to 18 months to complete.
The proposed project has been around for years -- it first showed up on the Wasatch Front Regional Council's Regional Transportation Plan in the 1990s -- but discussions quieted after a draft report analyzing possible alternatives for the project was released in 2011.
Ogden Mayor Mike Caldwell and Councilwoman Susie Van Hooser said the project will have a regional impact, reaching far beyond the boundaries of Ogden.