This year the holidays will bring some service changes to UTA service. Passengers are advised to review the changes and plan travel accordingly.
Saturday, Dec. 24 (Christmas Eve): Buses, TRAX and FrontRunner will operate regular Saturday service schedule.
Sunday, Dec. 25 (Christmas Day): Ski bus serviceto resorts in Big and Little Cottonwood canyons and to Park City on a weekend schedule.No Sundance ski service. No regular bus, TRAX or FrontRunner service.
Monday, Dec. 26 (Day after Christmas):
Buses will operate on a Sunday schedule.
TRAX will operate on a Sunday schedule. First trains will leave terminals at: Medical Center 10:01 a.m., West Valley Central 10:01 a.m., Salt Lake Central first train will meet 9:07 a.m. FrontRunner arrival, Sandy Civic Center 10:03 a.m., Daybreak Parkway 10:16 a.m.
FrontRunner will operate on a Saturday schedule. First trains will leave terminals at: Ogden Station 8:16 a.m., Salt Lake Central 6:57 a.m.
All ski bus routes will operate on a regular weekday schedule.
Saturday, Dec. 31 (New Year’s Eve):
Bus service will operate on regular Saturday service schedule.
TRAX will operate on regular Saturday service schedule with added late night trains. Last southbound trains will leave terminals at: Salt Lake Central to Sandy 12:52 a.m., Salt Lake Central to West Valley 1:02 a.m., Medical Center to Daybreak 12:21 a.m. Medical Center to Central Pointe 1:41 a.m.
FrontRunner will operate on regular Saturday service schedule with added late night trains. Last trains to depart Salt lake Central will leave at 11:57 p.m., 12:37 a.m., 1:07 a.m. Last train from Ogden to Salt Lake Central at 12:56 a.m.
Tranist fare is not included in the purchase of an Eve Celebration pass. Participants are required to purchase fare. Riders are encouraged to purchase individual or group round-trip fare to expedite travel.
Sunday, Jan. 1 (New Year’s Day): No regular bus, TRAX or FrontRunner service.
Monday, Jan. 2 (New Year’s Day Observed): No regular bus, TRAX or FrontRunner service.
Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff joined local elected officials and agency leadership today in Draper to announce a federal funding grant for the Draper TRAX extension. The $116 million grant will cover about 80 percent of the project, while the remainder will be covered by local option sales tax revenues.
The TRAX extension will bring light rail from 10000 South in Sandy (currently the end of the line), to Draper’s City Center. The line will include stops at 11400 South in Sandy, along with 11800 South and 12400 South in Draper.
Early utility work began on the project about a year ago. Crews worked hard on the project through the summer. Today, new rail has been laid the entire length of the corridor – work on the project is nearly 50 percent complete.
As part of the event, rail personnel towed one of the agency’s new light rail vehicles on the completed track to the event. Electrical work will be added to the line in 2012.
For updates on the Draper TRAX extension or to learn more about the project, please visit the Draper project page. New information is posted weekly on Fridays.
When completed, an estimated 5,300 riders will use the extension daily.
Service will kick-off Friday, Dec. 9, in Utah County where buses will begin service on Route 880 to Sundance Ski Resort. Service to Alta, Brighton, Snowbird and Solitude will begin Sunday, Dec. 11.
Route connections in Salt Lake County may be made from downtown Salt Lake City and the University of Utah, and at the following TRAX stations and park and ride lots:
3900 South Wasatch Boulevard park and ride
4500 South TRAX
6200 South Wasatch Boulevard park and ride
6600 South 950 East park and ride
7200 South TRAX
8200 South Wasatch Boulevard park and ride
9400 South 2000 East park and ride
10000 South TRAX
Big Cottonwood Canyon park and ride
Little Cottonwood Canyon park and ride
In Utah County, riders can board the ski bus to Sundance resort at park and ride lots located in Orem at:
Mt. Timpanogos Transit Center (1145 South 750 East)
Harmon’s (800 North 800 East)
Canyon View park and ride lot at the mouth of Provo Canyon
Service up the canyons begins as early as 6 a.m. on some routes, with return service as late as 8:30 p.m. For specific route information and trip times, please consult the schedule.
Ski bus fare is $4 one-way or $8 for a ski day pass. The ski day pass is valid for unlimited travel on ski buses and TRAX. The one-way cash fare is valid only for travel on ski buses to participating resorts. Reduced fare is available for seniors and other reduced-fare-eligible customers.
UTA also offers an intra-canyon shuttle for travel between Brighton and Solitude ski resorts. The intra-canyon shuttle one-way fare is $2.
The service is free to those with a season pass to Alta, Brighton, Snowbird, Solitude or Sundance ski resorts.
The Park City Connect bus service will also expand on Dec. 11 to include an extra trip up in the morning and an extra trip back down in the afternoon on weekdays. Saturday, Sunday and holiday service will also be added.
Record breaking winds of more than 100 mph walloped FrontRunner’s Farmington Station last Thursday, Dec. 1, forcing UTA to halt regular commuter rail service from about 7 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and closing the station through the weekend.
Though FrontRunner trains are designed to withstand winds of even greater strength, the storm caused damage to the station, fouling the track so that trains could not clear the area. UTA responded with its bus fleet, providing a shuttle between Layton Station and Salt Lake Central Station throughout the day.
Crews began work early Thursday afternoon first clearing the track to prepare for the evening commute and then setting to work on the station. Personnel worked through the night to clear debris and prepare the station for service.
The pedestrian overpass was evaluated in an extensive safety review. Though structurally sound, crews needed to remove sheet metal and siding from the roof and the band that runs right under the roof forming the cornice.
The station platform lost 25 of 32 light poles. Crews worked to install four new poles at key locations to provide enough light for safety purposes until additional lights can be located and installed. In addition, metal caps were manufactured and installed on the remaining light foundations to prevent tampering and ensure safety.
Only a few light poles were downed in the parking lot, however all the poles in the area suffered cracks at the foundation attachment points. All of the cracks have been welded and the bases have been reinforced for added strength.
Special thanks to the facilities and construction crews who worked hard to reopen Farmington Station in time for Monday’s commute.