The Utah Transit Authority (UTA) has announced that ridership on its S-Line streetcar has increased 36 percent overall since it first began operation January 2014 through the end of 2016. Ridership on the line is up 8 percent for the first four months of 2017 compared to the same time period last year.
In 2016, the last full year of data available, the streetcar averaged 1,262 riders per day. In the Environmental Assessment of the S-Line presented to the Federal Transit Administration before the line was built, the streetcar line was projected to carry 2,000 riders per day by the year 2030.
The increase in ridership is attributed to new development along the S-Line. Salt Lake City estimates that the S-Line will lead to more than 1,000 residential units and nearly 2 million square feet of redevelopment on seven sites in the Sugar House Business District. More than half of this new development activity is complete. The Downtown South Salt Lake District anticipates 2,500 housing units, 1 million square feet of retail, and 3 million square feet of office space in the next 25 years.