UTA Starts Major Construction Work on TRAX Line

Thu September 24, 2009 - West Edition

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The Utah Transit Authority has started major work on a new TRAX line to the airport.

UTA on Sept. 2 announced that heavy construction work started on the western end of the new line. Dump trucks are currently laying a rocky foundation on the dirt and construction work will move from west to east.

The $300 million light-rail extension will be completed in 2012 or 2013. It will run 6 mi. (9.6 km) from downtown Salt Lake City west to the airport.

There will be five stops along North Temple before it reaches the airport. Estimated travel time will be 20 minutes.

UTA is working on two other TRAX extensions in Draper and in West Valley City. A line traveling through Murray, Midvale, West Jordan and South Jordan also is planned.