(KCPW News) Three downtown TRAX stops will close for two-and-a-half weeks beginning Saturday as Utah Transit Authority workers connect the Airport TRAX line to the existing system. Spokesman Gerry Carpenter says every station west of EnergySolutions Arena will be affected, including the Planetarium, Old Greek Town and Salt Lake Central stops.
“We’ll be building an intersection there that’s called a half grand union that basically allows trains to either go south on 400 West to the intermodal hub or north on 400 West to go over to North Temple and then down to the airport. It’s similar to the intersection that we have at 4th South and Main,” he explains.
Frontrunner trains and UTA buses stopping at the Salt Lake Central station won’t be affected.
Carpenter notes a bus shuttle will be operating for passengers affected by the TRAX stop closures, running Monday through Saturday from about 5:30 a.m. until midnight with a reduced schedule on Sundays.
“So basically we’ll just have a stream of buses running continually that will allow people to make that connection down to the intermodal hub where they can get on another bus, or t hey can take Frontrunner to the north or go from Frontrunner into the central business district,” says Carpenter.
The TRAX stops are scheduled to be closed until Wednesday, May 23rd. The Airport TRAX line is expected to open next spring.