Ogden streetcar proposal to get more study

Jun 8 2011 - 3:24pm

OGDEN -- A group of stakeholders agreed Wednesday to pause work on a proposed $156 million streetcar system so a city council consultant can review a study associated with the project.

The stakeholders include representatives from the city, Weber County Commission, Weber Area Council of Governments, Wasatch Front Regional Council, South Ogden, Utah Transit Authority, Utah Department of Transportation, McKay-Dee Hospital, Weber State University and the Ogden/Weber Chamber of Commerce.

The group agreed to pause work on the project so that the city council's consultant GB Arrington, who works for PB PlaceMaking Inc. based in Portland, Ore. can determine the viability of federal funding for the project and economic impacts of the streetcar system.

Arrington also plans to review technical data included in a final draft of a UTA alternative analysis in the works since 2008 that examines proposed routes for the streetcar.

The council wants the streetcar to run from the Intermodal Hub up 23rd Street to Washington Boulevard, along 25th Street to Harrison Boulevard, and on to Weber State University and McKay-Dee Hospital. The council maintains that route would foster development along the route and best serve residents.

However, the transit alternative analysis spearheaded by UTA indicates the preferred route should go from the Intermodal Hub along 23rd Street, to Washington Boulevard, to 36th Street to Harrison Boulevard and then to Weber State University and McKay-Dee Hospital.

It hasn't been determined when Arrington's review of the alternative analysis will be completed.

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