Public transit industry leaders gathered in Salt Lake City last week to tour UTA facilities and discuss issues impacting public transit agencies nationwide. The group of 26 individuals from agencies across the United States and Canada visited UTA’s Warm Springs FrontRunner facility and explored a transit oriented development as part of their Leadership APTA (American Public Transportation Association) Capstone Session.
This is the first time in the capstone session’s 21-year history that the event has been held in Salt Lake City. Doran Barnes, executive director of Leadership APTA and executive director of Foothill Transit in West Covina, Calif., said the organization wanted to see UTA’s multimodal operations at work. Many of the participants come from agencies that only operate a single mode of transportation and were eager to see how UTA coordinated commuter rail, light rail and bus service.
“We’re here to see how all the modes operate and how everything works,” Barnes said. “It’s been a wonderful and welcoming experience.”