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Susan Wood ReportingTrains are running farther today on the east-west TRAX line. The medical center extension opened for riders around noon.
Already more than two thousand people ride TRAX to the train station at the university south campus. This extension will take students closer to the center of campus and transport thousands who work at the medical center complex.
The inaugural ride began an afternoon of service today. The first train left the station next to Primary Children's Medical Center to finish off the new stretch, which more than doubles the length of the east-west line.
The extension cost nearly 90- million dollars to build, and it was completed a year ahead of schedule. That's good news for a lot of folks who were waiting to ride.
Rider: “I think it’s long overdue.”
Rider: "I can truthfully say I have not parked my car in downtown Salt Lake since it started."
Rider: "I just can't believe it, its just great."
Several local dignitaries were at today's ceremony along with federal transportation experts. The federal transit administration is checking out our system as other cities try to secure funding for similar projects.