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Front Runner South FAQs

When will FrontRunner open between Salt Lake and Provo?
The FrontRunner South commuter rail line will be open to the public on December 10, 2012.

What are the FrontRunner South travel times?
A FrontRunner trip from the Provo Station to the Salt Lake Central Station will take approximately 56 minutes. Here are additional details about travel times from other stations.

How much will FrontRunner South fare cost?
FrontRunner fares are distance-based and depend on how far you’re going. Here’s a link to the FrontRunner fare matrix.

What are the FrontRunner South station addresses?
Station sites include:

- North Temple: Approx. 500 West. 200 South
- Salt Lake Central: 300 South 600 West
- Murray: 127 West Vine Street
- South Jordan: 10351 South Jordan Gateway
- Draper 12800 South Front Runner Blvd. (approx. 550 West)
- Lehi: 3101 North Ashton Blvd.
- American Fork: 782 West 200 South
- Vineyard (future station)
- Orem Intermodal: 1350 West 900 South
- Provo Intermodal: 700 South University Avenue

Why is the Vineyard Station a future station?
The Vineyard future station is located at approximately 4000 North. There is no definite timeframe for the station to open, and the opening date will be determined by ridership demand and development in the area.

When will the schedule be released?
The exact schedule is still being determined through train testing. The schedule will be released in late November prior to the line’s opening.

Will FrontRunner trains have Wi-Fi access?
Yes, FrontRunner trains will feature free Wi-Fi access.

What is UTA’s policy about overnight parking at FrontRunner park and ride lots?
Currently, overnight parking at UTA park and ride lots is not allowed.

What is a quiet zone?
UTA is working to make crossings safer and the railroad corridor quieter between Provo and Salt Lake. As with UTA’s FrontRunner North system, UTA will make safety upgrades to at-grade crossings and work with municipalities along the FrontRunner South alignment to establish Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) quiet zone status.

The 44-mile stretch of railroad between Pleasant View and Salt Lake is the nation’s longest continuous stretch of quiet zone. UTA intends to have a quiet zone established between Provo and Salt Lake before beginning FrontRunner South revenue service.

With the establishment of a quiet zone, neither FrontRunner nor freight trains will be required to sound their horns at crossings. This is what you’ll be missing.

When will the quiet zone be in place?
The quiet zone will be implemented by the time FrontRunner is open to the public in December. In the meantime, FrontRunner test trains will sound their horns at crossings.

Does UTA allow test passengers on FrontRunner?
Unfortunately, due to federal regulations UTA is not allowed to have test passengers on the train.

Is FrontRunner the same as TRAX? 
Commuter rail is not the same type of service as TRAX. TRAX is a "light rail" system, which typically has more frequent stops than commuter rail. Light rail is also typically used for trips that are shorter in duration.

Light rail is powered by overhead electrical wires and can reach a top speed of 65 mph. The FrontRunner Project will use diesel locomotives and two level passenger coaches to carry passengers. The top speed of the commuter rail system is 79 mph.

Where will the FrontRunner South line be built?
The 45-mile FrontRunner South line will be constructed within the existing UPRR right-of-way on the east side of the existing track from Salt Lake Central Station in downtown Salt Lake City to 9800 South in Sandy then transitioning to the west side of the track until Provo.

How is the FrontRunner project funded?
In November 2006, residents in Utah County voted to increase their sales tax by $.0025 in order to fund accelerated work on four light rail projects and the FrontRunner South line. These projects were originally part of the Wasatch Front Regional Council’s 2030 Long-Range Plan. The additional funding accelerated the delivery of these projects 15 years earlier than projected.

How can FrontRunner benefit me?
Traffic congestion along the Wasatch Front and Utah County in particular is an ever-increasing problem. With the population steadily growing, transportation solutions are crucial to avoid further congestion. Commuter rail can provide a fast, comfortable and efficient transportation alternative.

Can FrontRunner really save me time?
Yes. During peak commute times, your commute on the train may be shorter than your time would be on the freeway covering the same distance. FrontRunner trains have top speeds of 79 miles per hour.

How often will FrontRunner trains run?
Currently, FrontRunner between Salt Lake and Ogden operates Monday through Friday from 4 a.m. to 12 a.m. with daytime trains running every 30 minutes and hourly night trains. FrontRunner operates hourly on Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 1 a.m., and trains do not operate on Sundays.

How could FrontRunner South connect with other forms of transit?
The stations along the commuter rail line are planned to have bus transfer sites, which may be similar to how riders transfer between bus service and TRAX. In addition, park and ride lots are planned for each station.

Intermodal Centers are transportation "hubs," offering connecting service to other forms of transit (i.e. local bus, Bus Rapid Transit, etc.) Initially two station sites—Orem and Provo—would also be intermodal hubs. The Murray and Salt Lake stations will feature connections to TRAX and bus service.

Is safety on FrontRunner trains, at stations and in parking lots a concern?
Safety is a top priority at UTA. UTA’s buses, TRAX and FrontRunner systems have excellent safety records. Riders consistently report that safety is one of the primary reasons they ride commuter rail. FrontRunner trains use a state of the art train control system. Regarding safety at stations, UTA has a full-time transit police force that actively monitors safety and security on the commuter rail vehicles, at the stations and in the park and ride lots.

Is FrontRunner accessible for people with disabilities?
FrontRunner trains are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Once the train is stopped, train hosts can place a boarding plate for low-floor boarding, if needed, for persons with disabilities.