Major construction on the Utah Transit Authority TRAX Line to the Salt Lake International Airport is wrapping up this week with testing scheduled to begin as early as next week. UTA officials announced today the light rail system will be officially open on April 14, 2013. Utah Transit Authority spokesman, Gerry Carpenter, says with commuter rail to Provo opening in December, all metro areas will soon be connected.
"This is really the connection that puts it all together," he says. "It allows visitors to the Wasatch front to come in on a flight and connect easily to downtown or other destinations along the Wasatch front. It allows workers who work at the airport to get to work easily and conveniently and it also provides that great connection to the airport for those who live here and are traveling to other parts of the world."
Carpenter says safety certification of the new section is the main concern right now as the testing phase begins. He says drivers and pedestrians need to be extra mindful of the new activity along North Temple. He says the project is finishing on budget and nearly two years ahead of schedule.