UTA says TRAX reconstruction project ahead of schedule; nearing completion

File photo of a TRAX train. Photo Courtesy: Wikipedia

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, May 28, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — Utah Transit Authority official said a TRAX reconstruction project that is underway downtown is ahead of schedule and nearing completion.

“For the past 18 days, UTA has been excavating 18-year-old rail on Main Street in downtown Salt Lake City,” said a news release from officials. “Despite the recent inclement weather UTA’s construction crews, working around the clock, were able to pour and seal concrete during this holiday weekend.”

The accelerated pace of construction has now put UTA’s crews a day ahead of the projected timeline which forecasts completion of this project on June 2. The third and final phase will
begin on Tuesday, May 28, the news release said.

What does this mean for drivers?
• 400 South will be completely open to all east and westbound access
• Main Street will not have north or south access between 100 and 200 South
• State Street and West Temple are still better routes for north and south access to
Downtown SLC

What does this mean for TRAX riders?
• Red Line riders have full access to all stations and run on a regular schedule
• Blue Line riders will walk or shuttle between City Center and Gallivan Plaza until June
2
• Green Line riders will still transfer at Central Pointe to a Blue Line and then walk or
shuttle between City Center and Gallivan Plaza until June 2

TRAX RIDERS
PHASE III: May 28-June 2
Construction Location:
• 150 South Main Street

North of Construction:
• Green Line (5-10 minute delays): Full access to all stations from Airport to City Center. Exit TRAX at City Center Station to transfer to the Blue Line. Exit City Center Station to walk or ride a bus shuttle to Gallivan Plaza Station to get back on the Green Line.
• Blue Line (5-10 minute delays): Full access to all stations from Salt Lake Central to City Center. Exit TRAX at City Center Station to walk or ride a bus shuttle to the Gallivan Plaza Station to get back on the Blue Line
• Red Line (5 minute delays): Full access to all stations from University Medical Center to
Daybreak Parkway

South of Construction:
• Green Line (5-10 minute delays): Full access to all stations from West Valley Central to
Central Pointe. Exit TRAX at Central Point Station to transfer to the Blue Line. Exit
Gallivan Station to walk or ride a bus shuttle to City Center Station to get back on the
Green Line.
• Blue Line (5-10 minute delays): Full access to all stations from Courthouse to Draper Town
Center. Exit TRAX at Gallivan Station to walk or ride a bus shuttle to the City Center
Station to get back on the Blue Line
• Red Line (5 minute delays): Full access to all stations from Daybreak Parkway to
University Medical Center

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DRIVERS
PHASE III: May 28–June 2
Construction Hours:
• 24 hours
Construction Location:
• 150 S. Main Street

Driving Options:
• Interstate 15 all exits open
• Northbound use West Temple or State Street
• South, east and westbound all streets open

Project Details
Half Grand Union (400 South and Main Street Intersection):
• What are we replacing? Half Grande Union on Main Street and 400 South
• What is a Half Grand Union (HGU)? A half grand union is a rail track junction where
track railway lines cross at grade, often in a street intersection or crossroads. They
have curved junction tracks on two adjoining corners of the intersection, with a total
of eight railroad switches to allow trains coming from any direction to take any of the
two other directions.
• What is a HGU used for? It is used to route trains through downtown, as well as to and
from the University of Utah, the Downtown Business District, the airport or
connections to FrontRunner.
• How old is our HGU? The HGU was added to the existing North/South TRAX line in
2001 as part of the University TRAX line.
• Why are we replacing it? The HGU is now 18 years old and in need of replacement.
Some repairs have been made over time. The upgrade will provide for more
automation and reliable switching of train movements.

Turnouts (150 South and Main Street):
• What are we replacing? Four Turnouts on Main Street and 150 South
• What is a Turnout? A single crossover consists of two turnouts positioned in two tracks
that allow the vehicle to go from one track to another. The two tracks are usually, but
not always, parallel, and the turnouts are usually identical. A pair of single crossovers — one
right hand and one left hand — that are arranged sequentially along the tracks is called a
universal crossover.
• What is a Turnout used for? It is used transfer trains from one set of tracks to another
set of tracks
• How old is our turnout? Some of the switches we are replacing have been in service
for over 18 years and are wearing out.
• Why are replacing it? We are replacing the track and switches to ensure the TRAX
system remains in a state of good repair, and provide safe and reliable service for
many more years to come.

For more information click here and for daily updates follow UTA on Twitter at @rideuta.

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