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10/12/2012


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UTA prepares for Dec. 10 opening of new FrontRunner line



The Utah Transit Authority (UTA) is firming up final plans for service changes that will take effect in December, when the agency's new FrontRunner commuter-rail service is slated to open between Salt Lake City and Provo, Utah.

UTA plans to make available to the public final schedules and maps in early November. The new FrontRunner line, which is scheduled to begin carrying riders on Dec. 10, is expected to triple inter-county transit ridership, UTA officials said in a prepared statement posted on the agency's website.

"We're excited for these changes to go into effect," said UTA General Manager Mike Allegra. "They represent a net increase in service in Utah and Salt Lake Counties."

UTA has been testing trains on the new line since June.

"FrontRunner is simulating a full operational schedule, running as many as 50 trains a day," Allegra said.

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