Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Salt Lake City welcomes FrontRunner South

The length of Salt Lake City's commuter rail network almost doubled on February 22, when Utah Transit Authority (UTA) opened its FrontRunner South extension from Salt Lake Central to Provo.

Construction began in August 2008 on the 45 mile line, which parallels the existing Union Pacific freight line south of the city into Utah County, with six new park-and-ride stations.

With a maximum line speed of 79 miles per hour, the journey time between Salt Lake Central and Provo is around an hour and ridership is expected to reach around 8,000 passengers per day by 2015.

The project is part of UTA's Front Lines 2015 program, which will add 69 miles to Salt Lake City's 63 mile commuter rail and light rail network by 2015. International Railway Journal