Light Rail Line Exceeds Expectations

Light Rail Line Exceeds Expectations

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- Back in the mid-1990s, there were some who weren't too sure a light-rail line on the Wasatch Front was worth it.

But even those who supported the TRAX trains didn't expect it to do as well as it has.

Every day, about 31-thousand people ride TRAX on the north-south and university lines. That's more than 12-thousand above original projections.

The line from Salt Lake City to Sandy, which opened in 1999, carries about 22-thousand riders per day. The university line, which opened just in time for the 2002 Winter Olympics, carries around nine-thousand riders per day.

An extension to the University of Utah Hospital is expected to open -- ahead of schedule -- late next month. Projections call for about 24-hundred people to use that mile-and-a-half spur each day.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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