New TRAX light-rail car makes inaugural trip

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WEST JORDAN -- Dozens of people lined up at the Park and Ride lot at 5400 West in West Jordan Friday morning to be the first to ride a brand new TRAX train.

The new light-rail train car looks sleeker, has a low-floor entryway to make it easier to board, and a number of other safety features.

"The wheelchairs as well, they were able to get on and off just about as easy as I could," said TRAX rider Clark Mabey.

"There's a little bit of anxiety when you're trying to access things like this in a wheelchair," said Todd Claflin. "So, the better the design is, then the easier it is to access. It's just more -- it's easier to travel."

The Utah Transit Authority's Micheal Allegra says the purchase completes an important step for the agency.

"We could not afford Low Floor cars when we first bought our light-rail vehicles, and so this is the next generation of Low Floor vehicles that we've invested in," Allegra said.

UTA ordered 77 of the new light-rail cars, which will run on the new Airport, Draper, mid-Jordan and West Valley lines. Some will be in service by summer of 2011.


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