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WEST VALLEY CITY -- West Valley City is celebrating its new intermodal hub, sandwiched between the West Valley branch of the Salt Lake County library and West Valley's city hall at approximately 2840 West and 3560 South.
Buses are already running at the new hub, serving six bus lines, including the MAX bus rapid transit and a quick-service line to the University of Utah.
The shovels, cement trucks and other heavy equipment are also running, building West Valley's new TRAX line, which will intersect with the main North/South TRAX line at around 2100 South.
Utah Transit Authority General Manager John Inglish hailed the new hub as a big step forward for the Valley.
"It's going to be a very robust system when we're done, and people will be transferring from trains to buses and be able to go anywhere in the region they want to go," Inglish said.
"It's a much better solution for passengers and buses who make connections here," said UTA spokesman Gerry Carpenter. "It's going to be the key connector points for the west side of the valley."
West Valley City Mayor Dennis Nordfelt says this transpiration hub was completed in perfect time.
"The city has plans to redevelop this area," Nordfelt said. "This is one of the steps forward in a state-of-the-art transportation system that serves all of our systems."
In about two years, a TRAX line should be finished and making stops at the new hub."There's work being done at this end, which is the terminus, and there's also work being done over in South Salt Lake at the North/South line, and they're working towards the middle," Nordfelt said.
But don't expect a "golden spike" ceremony when it's finished.
"Maybe a copper spike would be more appropriate out here," Nordfelt joked.
The hub itself, excluding the TRAX line, cost around $9.1 million. Of that, the federal government picked up $7.2 million of the tab, and the rest is covered by local tax revenues.