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Passengers pack new rail line to Salt Lake airport

By Associated Press | Posted - Apr 28th, 2013 @ 8:40am


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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A 6-mile light-rail line to Salt Lake City International Airport from the city's downtown is proving popular with more than just travelers.

The line is also tempting thieves who use it for getaways after stealing luggage from airport terminals.

Two men have been arrested in the past week for baggage thefts, and authorities are stepping up security by randomly asking people hauling luggage to show proof of ownership.

The light-rail line to the airport is a $393 million extension to UTA's existing Green Line, which takes riders to and from Salt Lake's Energy Solutions Arena and West Valley City's Valley Fair Mall.

Ridership is exceeding expectations with about 4,800 people a day boarded the line from the downtown station during the first week of operation starting April 15.

The Brookings Institution recently determined it's convenient for about 65 percent of commuters in its service territory, more than any other U.S. metro area.

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