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New Airport TRAX line Opens Sunday

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - This Sunday the new UTA TRAX line to the airport officially opens to the public.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - This Sunday the new UTA TRAX line to the airport officially opens to the public.

It's an extension of UTA's green line traveling from West Valley City through downtown Salt Lake and along North Temple to the Salt Lake International Airport.

On Wednesday, members of the media got a chance ride the line which will get a person from downtown to the airport in 20 minutes.

“A lot of people use the airport you know it's a major hub and it's a gateway to our city,” said Steve Meyers, UTA.

Trains will run every 15 minutes on weekdays and every 20 minutes on weekends. The hours will be 5:30 am to 11:30 pm on weekdays, 6:30 am to 11:30 pm on Saturdays and 10 am to 8 pm on Sundays.  With these hours, the UTA said the majority of flights will be covered except for those late at night and early in the morning.

“I think there is something like 900 flights and only 20 or 30 won’t have access to our service,” said Chad Saley, UTA.

No one may be more excited for the project to be completed than the businesses impacted by its construction.

For nearly a year and a half, the UTA closed down a stretch of North Temple, which the owner of the Red Iguana said hurt business.

“The 16 months that the northbound viaduct was down was a significant impact on our business and a lot along this street,” said Bill Coker, Red Iguana.

Coker hopes the new line will bring new foot traffic to the neighborhood.

“Before it was kind of an outlier and being on the other side of the freeway and surrounded by train tracks but I think the development in the area is really going to start to take off,” he said.

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