TRAX is UTA’s light rail system. There are three TRAX lines serving Salt Lake County.
- The Blue Line services Salt Lake Central Station, the Arena, downtown Salt Lake City, South Salt Lake City, Murray, Sandy and Draper.
- The Red Line services the University of Utah, the southern portion of downtown Salt Lake City, Murray, Midvale, West Jordan, South Jordan and Daybreak.
- The Green Line services Salt Lake City International Airport, North Temple, downtown Salt Lake City, South Salt Lake City and West Valley City.
Riding TRAX is Easy
Riding TRAX is easy when you follow these steps:
1. Make sure you arrive at your station early and be sure to include enough time to purchase a ticket from the ticket vending machine if necessary. You must be on the platform, with proof of fare payment in hand before the train pulls into the station.
2. Go to your nearest TRAX station. You can board or exit TRAX at stations across the Salt Lake Valley. Parking is available at many TRAX stations. Schedules are posted all TRAX platforms.
3. Purchase your ticket. You must purchase your ticket before boarding TRAX. Ticket machines and electronic card readers are available at the station.
4. Locate the correct platform. Look for the electronic signs overhead at each platform to see which side of the platform your train is coming, along with the approximate number of minutes the train will arrive.
5. Stand behind the yellow strip. Look down and observe the yellow strips on the platform next to the tracks. These strips indicate the safe waiting distance from the train. Stay behind the strip until the train comes to a complete stop.
6. Determine if this is the train you want to get on. Signs on the front of TRAX trains indicate whether the train is a Blue, Red or Green Line train as well as the destination.
7. Board the train. UTA has two different types of light rail trains. The Red, Green and S-Line Streetcar lines use a newer-model train, while the Blue line primarily uses an older-model of train.
For the newer-model trains, once the train has stopped, push the green button on the door you would like to enter. Allow those exiting the train to leave before stepping aboard.
When entering the Blue line older-model trains, the green button to open the door is next to the door. Press the door and the accordion-style doors will open. Allow those exiting the trains to leave the train, then you can board. On the Blue line there are two steps up to get on the train. If you have any mobility issues (you have trouble walking or taking stairs, you are on crutches, you are in a wheelchair) then make your way to the ramp. See our accessibility page for directions regarding boarding the Blue line from the ramp access.
8. Be Ready for Fare Inspection. Fare inspectors circulate through rail cars to check for valid fare. Please be prepared to show the fare inspector your ticket/receipt or card when asked. UTA may issue a citation if you have not paid the appropriate fare.
UTA TRAX and bus does have a “free fare zone” in downtown Salt Lake City where you can ride for free. If you start or end your trip outside the Free Fare Zone, you’ll need valid fare.
9. Find your station and exit the train. TRAX trains stop at every station along the route. Announcements on the train tell you the next station that the train will stop, along with connection information (for example, if there is a connection at the TRAX station to FrontRunner, buses or other TRAX lines). These announcements are both audio and on a text display on many TRAX trains.
You can always look out the window at stops to see where you are, as all stations are clearly marked with their location on the platform. There are also maps on every train to show you the various TRAX routes in the UTA system.
As you exit the station, don’t forget to tap off if you paid with an electronic pass or FAREPAY card.
Remember to Be Safe on TRAX
Remember to be Safe When Taking TRAX
- Cross only at designated crossings, and always look both ways before crossing.
- Always stand behind the yellow line when waiting for the train.
- Put your phone down and take your earbuds out when crossing the tracks.
- If you’re traveling with younger kids, hold their hands and keep them close to keep from getting separated.
- Hold on to the handrails if you’re standing or walking to your seat while the train is moving.