Edited to adjust testing dates due to weather.
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 Sunday, 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.
Testing on the line will begin with one train the first of November. Test runs will start at a relatively slow speed, working up to full speed by Nov. 9. During the week of Nov. 12, we will begin running multiple trains on the line.
Generally speaking, test trains will run Monday through Thursday during regular business hours. There will be a break in testing for the holidays from Dec. 20 through the first of the year.
Testing on the Airport Line will be conducted with the upmost attention to safety. Flaggers will be used along the line until all of the signals, lights and crossings have been thoroughly tested and certified for safe use.
“We remind motorists and pedestrians to be safe as we begin testing on the Airport Line,” UTA General Manager Mike Allegra said. “Be sure to obey all traffic laws and signals and always look both ways before crossing the tracks.”
In addition, staff have undertaken a safety campaign focused on the North Temple corridor, surrounding neighborhoods and schools. Safety presentations are available up on request.
More detailed plans surrounding the opening and operation of the line will be released after the first of the year.
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