Transit officials and local government leaders praised the hard work went into the creation of the new Sugar House streetcar at a grand opening ceremony Thursday afternoon.
After more than six years of planning and $37 million dollars in construction costs the Sugar House streetcar, or S-Line, will open to the public on Sunday. Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker says the streetcar ushers in an exciting time of growth and development that will benefit the community for years to come.
Salt Lake City, the Utah Transit Authority and Enterprise Rent-a-Car announced a new Wasatch Front car share partnership today. Enterprise vehicles are now available for rental downtown, at various TRAX stations and on the University of Utah and Utah Valley University campuses.
Public transportation riders began using UTA’s new Farepay cards to pay for Trax, FrontRunner and bus rides this week.
Riders with UTA passes subsidized by their school or employer may have already been tapping on and off the TRAX and FrontRunner trains. UTA’s new Farepay cards let paying riders do the same thing. They can load the cards with any amount of money between five and five hundred dollars, and the price of the fare is subtracted every time they tap on and off.
Utah Transit Authority is set for the grand opening of the Salt Lake Regional Airport TRAX line next month, but before riders can climb aboard law enforcement and emergency management personnel are performing some exercises to prepare for a crisis situation.
The Salt Lake City Council can’t decide on a final destination for the Sugarhouse Streetcar, Salt Lake City and County reach an agreement for a new performing arts center, and thousands of gallons of diesel fuel spill into Willard Bay Park.
Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker and a number of other regional and state leaders joined together to announce several new projects and events that will make riding a bike throughout the county easier and safer. Becker says they’ve received more positive feedback from their bike initiatives over the past few years than anything else and that this year it will only get better.
This week a group of Utah physicians demanded a moratorium on mass transit fares for the remainder of the winter season, joining thousands of Utah residents who continually point to Utah Transit Authority as the key to the regions poor air quality. But UTA says the only way to realize increased ridership is to expand service, which can’t be done in the face of lost revenue.
In connection with the start of service on the new Airport TRAX line in April UTA is proposing several route changes including eliminating routes in Salt Lake, Tooele, and Davis County. UTA spokesman Gerry Carpenter says he thinks for the most part these changes will be well received.
The Utah Transit Authority makes some major schedule changes, the Utah Division of Water Quality finalizes its work on the Red Butte Creek oil spill, and a new study shows how Utah could benefit from the Missouri river.
The Utah Transit Authority’s Provo to Salt Lake FrontRunner line is open for business as of today. Now UTA officials will turn their attention toward finishing the TRAX line out to the airport. That means some immediate changes in existing TRAX service will affect riders.
UTA Spokesman Gerry Carpenter says trains moving north to Salt Lake and South to Provo were fully loaded with passengers opening day. He says there were minor hiccups and delays typical of a new service.
The long-anticipated Utah Transit Authority Provo to Salt Lake FrontRunner will open to the public next weekend, but members of the media were invited to climb aboard this morning for a test ride.
The smooth ride is accompanied by a surprisingly remarkable view of the low lands adjacent to the Jordan River. The trip takes about an hour each way.
Paul O'brien is the rail service general manager. He prides the FrontRunner south line on expanding service hours to Provo beyond what the current express buses provide and creating options for a faster trip as well.
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.
UTA officials have embraced techology that will allow riders to pay fares with their smartphones. But Apple and other phone manufacturers have yet to equip their devices with hardware to handle the new apps.
Would you consider using your smartphone to pay for coffee at Starbucks? How about your ride on public transit? Both consumers and stores have been hesitant to jump on board, but a joint venture between cell phone companies could boost the popularity of mobile payments in Salt Lake City. And one of the largest participating organizations is the Utah Transit Authority.
Fourth congressional candidates Mia Love and Jim Matheson square off in the first of three debates, Salt Lake County Mayor Candidate Mark Crockett announces his own plan to make the county more efficient, and the Utah Transit Authority decides to keep the Free Fare Zones.