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Title: Salt Lake City Gateway Area Railroad Consolidation Project


1
Salt Lake City Gateway Area Railroad
Consolidation Project
Brigham Young University CE En 361 October 1, 2004
  • Grant G. Schultz, Ph.D., P.E., PTOE
  • Assistant Professor

2
Topics of Discussion
  • Background on the creation and development of the
    Gateway Railroad Consolidation Project
  • The environmental approval process
  • Project results
  • Lessons Learned

3
A Multi-Modal Project...
  • Freeways
  • Surface Streets
  • Freight Rail
  • Commuter Rail
  • Passenger Rail
  • Light Rail

4
A Multi-Jurisdictional Project...
  • Salt Lake City
  • Utah Department of Transportation
  • Utah Transit Authority
  • Federal Highway Administration
  • Federal Transit Administration

5
Salt Lake Gateway Project Area
  • Approximately 800 Acres West of the Salt Lake
    City Central Business District

6
Salt Lake Gateway Project Area
  • An area of declining rail-served industrial uses

7
Salt Lake Gateway Project Area
  • An area of opportunity for expansion of
    commercial, light industrial and residential land
    uses

8
Salt Lake Gateway Project Area
  • Challenges
  • Freeway viaducts inhibited access to the area

9
Salt Lake Gateway Project Area
  • Challenges
  • Railroad spurs in 400 and 500 West

10
Salt Lake Gateway Project Area
  • Challenges
  • Rail traffic blocked streets on at-grade crossings

11
Gateway Project Creation
  • 1994, Visionary Gateway Plan
  • Created public and political support for the idea
    of consolidating rail lines, shortening the 400
    South, 500 South and 600 South viaducts
  • Developed land use concepts for the area,
    including the opportunity for an Intermodal
    Center

12
Gateway Project Creation
  • 1995, Rail Consolidation Implementation Study
  • Created an implementation plan for shortening the
    viaducts and consolidating rail lines
  • Required the construction of a new station and
    track to house Amtrak
  • Consultant recommendations on cost-sharing for
    the project

13
Gateway Project Creation
  • June 16, 1995, Salt Lake City awarded 2002
    Olympic Winter Games
  • Increased urgency to complete projects
  • Opportunity for funding increased

14
Gateway Project Creation
  • 1996, Contracts Awarded for Construction of
    North/South Light Rail Line
  • Northern terminus of the line at the Delta
    Center, in the Gateway area

15
Gateway Project Creation
  • March, 1996 Decision to use Design/Build process
    for reconstruction of I-15 through the Salt Lake
    Valley
  • October, 1996 I-15 Reconstruction Bid Package
    was released
  • Included Option B to shorten the viaducts to
    downtown Salt Lake City
  • Option had to be exercised by the Utah Department
    of Transportation by November 1, 1997

16
Gateway Project Creation
  • March, 1997 Approval to proceed on preparation
    of environmental documents for the viaduct
    shortening and Intermodal Center
  • Prior to November 1, 1997
  • Completion of the environmental process
  • Agreement with all parties involved
  • UDOT, Salt Lake City, UTA, Union Pacific
    Railroad, Amtrak, Cereal Food, Holnam Cement,
    Tenneco Packaging, Mountain Cement, NAC

17
Gateway Project Creation
  • 1997 Gateway Land Use Master Plan
  • Creation of a land use master plan for the 800
    acre Gateway area
  • Accessibility of this area is a major focal point
    to the master plan

18
Gateway Project Creation
  • 1997, West/East LRT MIS/EIS
  • Preferred Alternative was a west/east light rail
    line running from the airport to the University
    of Utah
  • Preferred alignment passes through the Gateway
    Area requires shortening the viaducts

19
Gateway Project Creation
  • 1997, Commuter Rail Study
  • Commuter Rail is feasible need for a station
    in the Gateway Area

20
Environmental Analysis
  • Two separate environmental documents
  • Viaduct Shortening FHWA (remember option must
    be exercised by November 1, 1997)
  • Intermodal Center - FTA

21
Viaduct Environmental
  • Key issues
  • Traffic operations
  • Business access
  • Remove rail from 400 W. and 500 W.
  • Accommodate rail service to shippers
  • Holnam Cement
  • Cereal Food Processors
  • PCA Tenneco
  • Amtrak

22
Viaduct Environmental
  • Holnam Cement

23
Viaduct Environmental
  • Cereal Food Processors

24
Viaduct Environmental
  • PCA Tenneco

25
Viaduct Environmental
  • Amtrak

26
Viaduct Environmental
  • Results
  • Negotiated with shippers to resolve rail service
    issues
  • Analyzed traffic operations which indicated
    traffic can be accommodated
  • Received a Finding of No Significant Impact
    (FONSI) in October 1997
  • Met November 1 deadline!

27
Intermodal Center Environmental
  • Key Issues
  • Modes to be included at the site
  • Location
  • Hazardous Waste
  • Historical Properties

28
Intermodal Center Environmental
  • Initially a mono-modal site for relocating Amtrak
    as part of the viaduct shortening and track
    consolidation
  • Developed into a true Intermodal Center
  • Commuter rail study had identified the need for a
    Gateway station
  • Greyhound was losing their lease in their
    downtown location

29
Intermodal Center Environmental
  • Four sites evaluated for location of Intermodal
    Center
  • Union Pacific Depot
  • Rio Grande Depot
  • 600 West/South Temple
  • 200 South/600 West

30
Intermodal Center Environmental
  • Union Pacific Depot

31
Intermodal Center Environmental
  • Rio Grande Depot

32
Intermodal Center Environmental
  • 200 South/600 West

33
Intermodal Center Environmental
34
Intermodal Center Environmental
  • Results
  • Staff recommended site at 200 South/600 West
  • City Council voted in favor of site
  • EA document completed to include all modes
  • Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI)
    received October 21, 1998

35
Gateway Area Map
36
Project Results
  • Viaduct shortening
  • Signed agreements with all shippers to sever or
    relocate rail service January 1, 1999
  • Constructed the Cereal Foods rail spur
  • Viaducts designed and constructed for the
    shortened lengths

37
Project Results
  • Viaduct shortening

38
Project Results
  • Intermodal Center
  • Environmental document approved October 21, 1998
  • Temporary Amtrak Station currently being used
  • Final design approved and under construction

39
Project Results
  • Intermodal Center

40
Project Results
  • Intermodal Center

41
Project Results
  • Intermodal Center

42
Project Results
  • Intermodal Center

43
Project Results
  • Intermodal Center

44
Project Results
  • Intermodal Center

Before
Today
45
Project Results
  • Gateway Land Use
  • Bridges five acre development proposed west of
    Intermodal site
  • Gateway 40 acre development west of and
    incorporating the historic Union Pacific depot
  • Reuse of existing warehouses to retail and
    housing uses

46
Project Results
47
Project Results
  • Gateway Land Use

48
Project Results
  • Gateway Land Use

49
Project Results
  • Gateway Land Use

50
Project Results
  • Gateway Land Use

51
Project Results
  • Gateway Land Use

52
The Gateway
53
The Gateway
54
Project Results
  • Commuter Rail
  • Weber County to Salt Lake Draft Environmental
    Impact Statement (EIS) completed
  • Review currently underway
  • Trains could start rolling into the station as
    soon as 2007

55
Project Results
56
Project Results
57
Project Results
  • Commuter Rail
  • Included as an alternative for the I-15 Corridor
    Utah County Salt Lake County EIS
  • Studying corridor from Salt Lake City to
    Santaquin
  • Light Rail
  • Several projects currently being evaluated

58
Project Results
  • I-15 Corridor Utah County Salt Lake County
    Study Area

59
Lessons Learned
  • Make no small plans.
  • One project begets another...
  • Develop public support for your project
  • Have the Olympics come to your community!

60
Transportation Planning at BYU
  • Urban Transportation Planning (CEEn 565) Fall
    semester
  • Keep your text!
  • Site Transportation Planning (CEEn 594R/564)
    Winter semester
  • Prerequisite CEEn 562
  • Traffic Engineering (CEEn 562) Fall semester

61
Questions?
Dr. Grant G. Schultz, P.E., PTOE gschultz_at_byu.edu
368S CB
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