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UTA Opens FrontRunner Line to Provo
By Di Lewis
The opening of the FrontRunner South line to Provo is an investment in the future, says Michael Allegra, UTA general manager. “It’s an investment not only for today, but for many generations to come.”
The 45-mile commuter rail extension connects Salt Lake to Provo by an hour-long train ride. The project adds seven new stations to the FrontRunner line at Murray, South Jordan, Draper, Lehi, American Fork, Orem and Provo, with an eighth Vineyard station already planned.
Construction on the line began in August 2008 and was finished two years ahead of schedule. It cost $850 million, which all came from local funding.
UTA Chair Greg Hughes says the country has never seen three transit lines open on one day, like UTA did last year, nor has it seen four lines open in consecutive quarters. The airport TRAX line is opening in April, and the Draper and Sugarhouse streetcar lines are planned to open in August and December, respectively.
“We go through the backyards of 45 different cities and without their help, cooperation, support and spirit, we wouldn’t be here today and have done what we’ve done in record-breaking time,” says Allegra.
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