Becker Plugs Sugar House Streetcar in State of City Address

(KCPW News) The Sugar House streetcar line was the focus of Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker’s fourth state of the city address last night.  Speaking to the city council, Becker mentioned his campaign promise to make the project a reality within five years.

“Today, just three years later, and thanks to this cooperation and strong, united support from the Sugar House community, construction is expected to begin by the end of this year,” said Becker.  “The Sugar House Streetcar could be completed and serving our community as soon as 2013.”

The streetcar line recently received a $26 million grant from the Department of Transportation.

Becker also focused on what he calls his “livability agenda.”

“Fostering stronger neighborhood commercial centers through better planning and design, for example, means that more residents will have better access to goods and services; more bike lanes and pedestrian friendly infrastructure means more options for getting around town in ways that help improve both our air quality and the health of our community,” said Mayor Becker.

The mayor also noted the city received a $500,000 federal grant for planning work for a downtown streetcar line.  Becker’s state of the city comes the same week he announced his plans to run for a second term in this November’s election.