Utah’s winter inversions are more than just an eyesore; the pollution that settles over Northern Utah is also a health hazard. The Utah Transit Authority is trying to help the air quality with the introduction of alternative energy-fueled vehicles. However, it needed a facility to service and store these vehicles. Through federal funding, the Utah Transit Authority (UTA) and Big-D Construction broke ground on the Depot District Clean Fuel Technology Center in Salt Lake City.
The project includes the renovation and repurposing of an old railroad locomotive building that dates back to the 1800s. The old building will become a new maintenance and operations shop for UTA’s fleet. The project also includes a new administration building; construction of a bus wash building; parking area expansion and improvements; and the addition of diesel fueling tanks and facilities to what UTA currently has on its campus.
Big-D and UTA will work together to ensure that all sustainability measures are taken to help reduce the carbon footprint of the project. Materials from the old railroad locomotive building will be salvaged and reused. New bus canopies that will be constructed will feature solar panels.
The project is expected to take three years to complete.