What is the Folsom Trail?
The Folsom Trail is a planned off-street, paved walking and biking path connecting the Jordan River Parkway Trail to Downtown Salt Lake City. Currently in early stages of planning and design, construction is anticipated to begin in Fall 2020 and to be completed by the end of 2021.
The Trail will follow a former rail corridor from 500 West at North Temple to the Jordan River Bridge near 200 South.
The concept of an east-west trail from Downtown to the Jordan River Trail dates back more than two decades and is found in five adopted master plans, including:
The Downtown Community Master Plan (2016)
The Westside Master Plan (2014) – link opens PDF
The Pedestrian & Bicycle Master Plan (2015)
The Open Space Master Plan (1992) – link opens PDF
North Temple Boulevard Plan (2010) – link opens PDF
In 2015, the Salt Lake City Transportation Division applied for and received Capital Improvement Projects funding to begin design of a paved, multi-use pathway along the route of the former Folsom rail line.
In 2016, the Redevelopment Agency (RDA) of Salt Lake City requested funding to assist in design and construction of the trail and greenspace amenities in the Depot District, an RDA project area. The City Council awarded Parks Impact Fees to the project to assist in the development of a greenway corridor.
The Folsom Trail was included in a regional application submitted by the Utah Transit Authority for federal assistance in creating First-Mile and Last-Mile active transportation connections to transit. The grant application was successful, and the project has been fully funded as part of the grant as of early 2017. The money previously allocated by Salt Lake City for this project will go towards the required local match for the grant.
In the Mayor’s recommended fiscal year 2019-2020 budget, $2.1 million were proposed for urban trails, $1 million of which was intended for the Folsom Trail.
State railroad safety funds may also be available and applied to this project in order to further improve the at-grade rail crossings at 800 West and 600 West.
The first phase of the project, which is currently on-going, focuses on trail design and construction that supports a safe and comfortable walking and biking connection for all ages and abilities.
Future phases of improvements to the Folsom Corridor will explore options for encouraging redevelopment, expanding the focus on green space, ecological improvements, and water quality. The feasibility of creating a small stream channel (“daylighting”) is currently being studied.