U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx praised the new Draper TRAX Line today, saying that it will help shorten commutes and preserve one of the public’s most valuable resources – time.
“What you’ve done here is an example to the country of what transit can do to transform a community,” Foxx said.
He called the line “worth its weight in gold” for its ability to reduce traffic congestion and gridlock.
“Many families in this country are saying, ‘We want our time back.’”
Foxx spoke today at the Draper TRAX Line’s grand opening celebration. The 3.8-mile line opens for regular service on Sunday, Aug. 18, and will allow residents in Draper and Sandy to connect with the Utah Transit Authority’s existing rail system. Other speakers at the event included members of UTA’s board of trustees, local government officials, UTA General Manager Michael Allegra, Governor Gary Herbert and Senator Orrin Hatch.
“We have a great state, and this is making it better,” Hatch said.
Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams said the line will help prepare the Wasatch Front for future growth.
“The population is expected to double in the next 20 to 30 years,” McAdams said. “This will help us become a thriving metro area while maintaining a small-town feel.”
The opening of the Draper TRAX Line marks the completion of the FrontLines 2015 project, two years ahead of schedule and more than $300 million under budget. The project, which connects more than 2 million people along the Wasatch Front, is one of the largest public works efforts in Utah history. The success of FrontLines 2015 was possible, Allegra said, because of the partnerships between UTA and the communities it serves.
“We are a model in this country for the things that we do – and we do them together,” he said.
A community celebration for the Draper TRAX Line will be held tomorrow, Aug. 17, between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. The public can ride the line for free until 6 p.m. if they bring a can of food to donate to the Utah Food Bank.