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    UTA Draper TRAX Line Construction Update - December 22- December 29, 2012

    The Draper TRAX Line is a 3.8 mile extension of the UTA Sandy-Salt Lake Line from its current terminus at 10000 South in Sandy to Pioneer Road (12400 South) in Draper. The Draper TRAX extension is being built in the UTA-owned rail corridor, and will feature new stations at 11400 South, 11800 South, and Pioneer Road. Rail and ties from the old freight rail line have been removed, and grading and new double track construction is underway along the entire length of the project.
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    PROJECT WIDE:
    Construction schedules are much reduced this week due to the year-end holidays.

    Rock and rock mulch is being added throughout the corridor. This will help control weeds and give the corridor a cleaner look. It also can serve as a firebreak.

    While there is plenty of work still to go – finishing touches, punch list items and considerable coordination, inspections and sign-offs, as well as comprehensive testing – “substantial completion” nearly is achieved along the entire corridor.

    New safety pedestrian crossing at 10600 South is now operational. This provides enhanced safety for walkers and bicyclists using the trail along the tracks. This is similar to the pedestrian signals at 11400 South.

    CAUTION: Testing of the energized overhead power lines is on-going for both northbound and southbound tracks. Overhead power lines are “hot” from the tie in at the Sandy Civic Center station to 11000 South. The lines from 11000 South to Draper Town Center (at 12400 South) are scheduled to be energized in January.

    Landscaping and platforms are complete at all three new Park-and-Ride lots.

    Operation Lifesaver presentations are being scheduled at area schools in anticipation of test trains beginning in early 2013.

    Trail closures:
    The trail between 10600 South and approximately 10300 South will be reconstructed soon. The work by Sandy City will require closing the trail there for approximately two weeks
    DRY CREEK:
    TRAFFIC IMPACT: Watch for lane restrictions and flaggers on all street crossings.

    Other Activities:
    Rock and rock mulch is being added.

    Caution: Crews are connecting the new line to the existing line at the Sandy Civic Center and working on the station platforms. The overhead power system is live to 11000 South.

    Drivers at 10600 South: watch for the changing traffic lights at the tracks; they signal pedestrians crossing.
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    TRAFFIC IMPACT:
    Watch for lane restrictions and flaggers on all street crossings.

    Other Activities:
    Rock and rock mulch is being added.

    Crews are working the overhead power system. The overhead power system is live from the Sandy Civic Center station to 11000 South.

    Drivers at 11400 South: watch for the changing lights; they signal pedestrians crossing.
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    TRAFFIC IMPACT:
    Watch for lane restrictions and flaggers on all street crossings.

    Other Activities:
    Rock and rock mulch is being added.

    Work has started on the historical rail car display on Pioneer Road near the platform. This will be really exciting and a special and unique feature of the Draper TRAX extension. Watch this space for details. The historic rail car began its journey from Kanab (see picture below) and is now being painted to be installed in mid-January.

    The brick-like covering of the power substation is planned to be added in January.
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    A safe crossing
    A fully functioning pedestrian crossing now is operating at the 10600 South crossing in Sandy (above). Red lights will signal vehicles that they must stop for pedestrians or bicyclists about to enter the crosswalk. At 11400 South (below) a similar feature also is in place for Porter Rockwell Trail pedestrians crossing from Sandy into Draper.
    A safe crossing
    A fully functioning pedestrian crossing now is operating at the 10600 South crossing in Sandy (above). Red lights will signal vehicles that they must stop for pedestrians or bicyclists about to enter the crosswalk. At 11400 South (below) a similar feature also is in place for Porter Rockwell Trail pedestrians crossing from Sandy into Draper.
    Along the Corridor

    Draper Senior Citizen Center Grand Opening Dec. 20

    Community members are invited to join with Salt Lake County as they celebrate the grand opening of the new Draper Senior Citizen Center, located at 1136 Pioneer Road (12400 South). The new center is almost four times the size of the old facility. At 20,000 square feet, the new building has plenty of room for educational classes, computer and craft rooms, pool tables, and fitness rooms. The programs and services are open to local seniors aged 60 and older. The facility features state-of-the-art design that is lively, upbeat and very light with big picture windows looking out east at the beautiful mountain range. The building is energy efficient. It will be heated and cooled through a geothermal process to reduce energy consumption..

    General Information
    This schedule is subject to change due to weather, materials issues, or unanticipated utility conflicts.

    Construction is permitted to take place between 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Sunday.  Additionally, specific activities may require different working hours depending upon conditions and will be coordinated with city officials.

    About the Project
    The Draper TRAX Line is a 3.8 mile extension of the UTA Sandy-Salt Lake Line from its current terminus at 10000 South in Sandy to Pioneer Road (12400 South) in Draper. The Draper TRAX extension is being built in the UTA-owned rail corridor, and will feature new stations at 11400 South, 11800 South, and Pioneer Road. Rail and ties from the old freight rail line have been removed, and new double track construction and sound barrier installation are nearing completion. New station construction and the infrastructure for the overhead power system are current top construction priorities.

    For More Information
    If you have questions or comments regarding the project, please contact (801) 236-4785, or e-mail draper@rideuta.com. You can also visit the UTA Web site at www.rideuta.com, click on the “UTA Projects” tab, then click on “Draper TRAX Line.”   

    You are receiving this e-mail because you signed up on www.rideuta.com to receive updates on the Draper TRAX Line.  To be removed from this list, please e-mail draper@rideuta.com.

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    Safety is UTA’s number-one priority, said General Manager Michael Allegra. A multi-media education campaign includes four standard messages:
    (a)   Stand back – stand behind the yellow line on station platforms
    (b)   Hold Hands—hold onto child’s hand at stations
    (c)    Look Twice – look both ways since trains could come from either direction
    (d)   Listen Up – remove headphones around trains
    In other UTA news

    UTA’s holiday service schedule highlighted

    The Utah Transit Authority advises riders and the public of its service plans for the Christmas holiday.

    Mon., Dec. 24 (Christmas Eve): Regular weekday service on buses TRAX, and FrontRunner. Ski buses will run regular weekday service.

    Tues., Dec. 25 (Christmas Day): Ski bus service to resorts in Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons, Weber County and Park City. No Sundance ski service. No FrontRunner, TRAX, or bus service on Christmas Day. Regular service will resume on Wed., Dec. 26.

    For more information, visit www.rideuta.com or contact UTA customer service at 801-RIDE-UTA (743-3882).

    FrontRunner South brings commuter rail to Utah County

    The future unfolded in a big way last week when the FrontRunner South Inaugural Train arrived in Provo. Its arrival marked the elimination all barriers and challenges to commuter rail from Ogden, through Salt Lake City, and deep into Utah County, reported Utah Governor Gary Herbert, who greeted the premier passengers arriving in Provo.

    "It certainly is a visionary thing, and it has not been without controversy," he said of the new line. "But the reality is we have become the fastest-growing state in America. And the need to have mass transit capability certainly is part and parcel of having a good quality of life and being economically viable as well as making sure we don’t have congestion."

    UTA General Manager Michael Allegra called it “the best birthday gift ever” at the celebratory arrival ceremony at the new Provo station Dec. 6. Allegra officially declared the line open to a cascade of red, white and blue streamers sailing onto a crowd of several hundred people who either rode the train to Provo or were on hand to greet its arrival. The inaugural journey started earlier that morning with a kick-off ceremony at Salt Lake Central before the train headed to Murray, South Jordan, Draper, Lehi, American Fork, Orem and Provo.

    The mayors of both Orem and Provo pointed out the importance of the new rail service which is expected to have weekday ridership in excess of 8,500. “This will help economic development in our city,” Provo Mayor John Curtis pointed out.

    And Orem Mayor James Evans added that FrontRunner will be an important component of the growth of Utah Valley University.

    Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce CEO Lane Beattie said the $850 million project is vital for business development throughout a major portion of the state. “I cannot think of a better Christmas gift,” he said.

    Governor Herbert also pointed out that the project was two years ahead of schedule and 10 percent under budget. “This is kind of a Utah way,” he said.

    UTA Chairman Greg Hughes reported it was an important day for the Wasatch Front, but added that he brought his children with him because it was an even more important day for those who will be living in our state in the future.

    The festivities continued Saturday as more than 32,000 members of the public were invited to ride between Salt Lake and Provo – and all points in between – by contributing canned “food for fare.” Moe than 17,000 pounds of food was collected in Utah County and another 8,000 pounds at the four stations in Salt Lake County.

    UTA employees were at every station to greet and help the new riders, as they also were on Dec. 10, 11 and 12, when regular service started. “All of our employee volunteers were incredible,” Chief Information Officer Andrea Packer announced. “We had 600 volunteer shifts to fill during those four days and they all really came through. Thanks so much to all of our employee volunteers. We could not have done it without you.”

    Airport TRAX Line to open April 14

    Construction on the Airport TRAX Line is coming to a close. Substantial completion is expected by the end of the month and will be followed by testing. The Airport TRAX line will open for operation Sun., April 14, 2013. “The Airport TRAX line is the most anticipated of our new lines,” UTA Board Chair Greg Hughes said. “It will provide a key connection to a top destination, employment centers and the rest of the Wasatch Front.” The new line is being finished well ahead of schedule.

    The most commonly asked question is…
    When will the Draper Line open?


    With the construction seeming to be nearly complete, many people are asking when will the Draper TRAX extension begin service? The current plans have the line fully operating – with several thousand passengers daily -- in August 2013. However, test trains will begin running in January, but these, of course, are without passengers. In addition to testing everything associated with the Draper TRAX extension, the time also is used to integrate the new service in Sandy and Draper with the entire UTA network. UTA and schools in the area also will team up and schedule “Operation Lifesaver” safety presentations to ensure children are aware of the new transit traffic and how to act safely and responsibly around the trains. UTA also will be opening other lines, as well. FrontRunner South between downtown Salt Lake City and Provo will provide commuter rail service beginning Dec. 10. Light rail service to Salt Lake Airport will start April 14 and the Sugar House Street car service is slated to begin in December of 2013. One of our readers thought you’d like to know.