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 Utah Transit Authority Technical Tours

Tuesday, June 23 and Wednesday, June 24
 
Utah Transit Authority has arranged the following 10 informative technical tours. Please sign up on site at the host information desk in the APTA registration area, Ballroom Office North & South, First Floor, in the Grand America Hotel, for the tour(s) of your choice.
 
TOUR 1: Jordan River Service Center (JRSC) – Operations
This guided tour will present participants with an opportunity to see the Utah Transit Authority’s Light Rail Operations, including the Control Room from which four different lines are monitored. Nearly 45 miles and 51 stations make up UTA’s light rail network and members of UTA’s Light Rail Operations Leadership Team will facilitate a comprehensive discussion of UTA’s Light Rail network including Control Room workshops, Motobridge Radio System, Automatic Vehicle Location fleet tracking system, the Milestone Camera System and Customer Service Interface. The team also will be available to answer questions about any phase of the system which earned APTA’s 2014 System-of-the-Year designation.
 
This insider view of the nerve center of an extremely successful light rail system, carrying up to 60,000 passengers daily in a metropolitan area ranking only 48th in the United States will be scheduled in 30-minute segments for 20-person groups on both Tuesday, June 23, and Wednesday, June 24.
 
Host guides will meet tour participants in the hotel lobby at the following times:
 
• TUESDAY meet at 1:45 p.m., return to hotel at 3:30 p.m.
• TUESDAY meet at 2:45 p.m.; return to hotel at 4:30 p.m.
 
• WEDNESDAY meet at 1:15 p.m.; return to hotel at 3 p.m.
• WEDNESDAY meet at 2:15 p.m.; return to hotel at 4 p.m.
 

TOUR 2: Jordan River Service Center (JRSC) – Vehicle Maintenance and Shop
This guided tour will demonstrate how a former furniture warehouse was transformed into an efficient and effective Vehicle Maintenance Shop for a modern light rail system experiencing unprecedented growth in the last decade or so.  Each element of maintenance will be covered by an experienced team that deals with every possible condition and contingency a rail system can encounter. Details related to coupler and pantograph repair and maintenance (which have separate work areas), HVAC repairs, battery maintenance and storage facilities, wheels, tires, brakes and caliper maintenance areas, wash bays and recovery vehicles used in emergency cases will be covered, as well as an opportunity to ask questions. More than 110 vehicles are readied each day to carry commuters, students, shoppers, tourists and family visitors throughout the Salt Lake Valley.
 
Four different groups of 20 will be able to find out how three different lines of nearly 115 vehicles pullout simultaneously every morning spanking clean and ready to roll.  The 60-minute tours will be held on both Tuesday, June 23, and Wednesday, June 24.
 
Host guides will meet tour participants in the hotel lobby at the following times:
 
• TUESDAY meet at 2:15 p.m.; return to hotel at 4:30 p.m.
• TUESDAY meet at 3:15 p.m.; return to hotel at 5:30 p.m.
 
• WEDNESDAY meet at 1:45 p.m.; return to hotel at 4 p.m.
• WEDNESDAY meet at 2:45 p.m.; return to hotel at 5 p.m.
 

TOUR 3: Warm Springs Operations (heavy or commuter rail)
Utah Transit Authority’s commuter rail – FrontRunner – which runs between Pleasant View, Utah (north of Ogden) to Provo, Utah – with the centerpiece being Salt Lake City – is a perfect vehicle with which to achieve UTA’s mission: "Utah Transit Authority strengthens and connects communities enabling individuals to pursue a fuller life with greater ease and convenience by leading through partnering, planning, and wise investment of physical, economic, and human resources."
Providing service in four counties, FrontRunner brings thousands of workers into the capital city every day, from both the north and the south and, thereby connecting people and their employment in ways not available previously. Recreational activities, such as Utah Jazz basketball games, University of Utah and Brigham Young University football games, also create significant ridership increases that often require extra or special trains. The control center for this vital connection along the Wasatch Front is at UTA’s Warm Springs facility. This is from where it all happens and there will be experienced leaders answering all of the questions you have about UTA’s commuter rail services.
 
Groups of five will be able to participate on both Tuesday, June 23, and on Wednesday, June 24.
 
Host guides will meet tour participants in the hotel lobby at the following times:
 
• TUESDAY meet at 1:45 p.m.; return to hotel at 3:30 p.m.
• TUESDAY meet at 2:45 p.m.; return to hotel at 4:30 p.m.

• WEDNESDAY meet at 1:15 p.m.; return to hotel at 3 p.m.
• WEDNESDAY meet at 2:15 p.m.; return to hotel at 4 p.m.
 

TOUR 4: Warm Springs Vehicle Maintenance and Shop (heavy or commuter rail)
A hoist capable of lifting 250 tons, a turntable and a drop table all will be featured spots on a tour of the Warm Springs vehicle maintenance facilities and shop. Heavy work for heavy rail performed by experts ready to show you around and answer your questions. Commuter rail provides the transit backbone along the Wasatch Front in Utah and runs 89 miles from Pleasant View, north of Ogden in the north, to Provo in the south. 
 
FrontRunner is part of an integrated rail system, and with its light rail colleagues carries 65,000 riders daily. Salt Lake City is the center of the line that opened to the north in 2008 and to the south in 2012.  It is part of a transit service area of 1,400 square miles that includes 85 different municipalities. The commuter rail component is readied at this Warm Springs facility.
 
Groups of 20 will be able to participate on both Tuesday, June 23 and on Wednesday, June 24.
 
Host guides will meet tour participants in the hotel lobby at the following times:
 
• TUESDAY meet at 3:15 p.m.; return to hotel at 5:30 p.m.
 
• WEDNESDAY meet at 2:45 p.m.; return to hotel at 5 p.m.

 
TOUR 5: Sugar House Streetcar
Two miles with seven stops, the S-Line -- or Sugar House Street Car -- is a sort of low-speed rail that serves as both an economic development tool and increased mobility options for residents.  Connecting the thriving commercial district in Salt Lake City known as Sugar House with UTA’s rail system, the project was a partnership of Salt Lake City, South Salt Lake and UTA. It also contains a greenway element and connects to the Salt Lake Valley’s comprehensive trail system. Between now and 2030 the area expects more than 4,000 new households and 7,700 permanent jobs along the corridor.  In a 20-year period more than $1 billion in TOD can be expected, as well.
 
Either two groups of 10 or one of 20 will be able to join this guided tour on Tuesday, June 23, that is conducted by officials from Salt Lake City, South Salt Lake and UTA, as well as contractors.
 
• TUESDAY: Host guides will meet tour participants in the hotel lobby at 2:15 p.m. and take them on TRAX to the site; participants will return to the hotel at 5:30 p.m.
 

TOUR 6: Airport Line & Upcoming Salt Lake International Airport Reconstruction
UTA’s Green Line light-rail station currently is at the far south end of Salt Lake International Airport. In a major reconstruction – which began in 2014 and will proceed in stages to 2022 – a new station will be located deep within the reconfigured airport.  Designed 50 years ago for half the 20 million annual passengers currently using the facility, the airport will be transformed into a three-level, 700,000-square foot state-of-the-art airport with a deeper reliance on transit to move riders from this landing spot to final destinations all around and along the Wasatch Front.
 
Rail is playing an integral part in the terminal redevelopment plan, which has an overall 12-year economic impact that includes nearly 24,000 full-time jobs, $1 billion in wages and income, $1.5 billion to the state’s GDP and $3 billion in total economic impact.
 
The integration of rail and air at this crossroads of east and west will highlight this guided tour on Wednesday, June 24, conducted by airport, city and contractor officials.
 
• WEDNESDAY: Host guides will meet tour participants in the hotel lobby at 1:45 p.m.; participants will return to hotel at 5 p.m.
 

TOUR 7: Bike Share
GREENbike is Salt Lake City’s non-profit bike share program.  It is a public-private partnership that includes Salt Lake City, the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce and the Salt Lake City Downtown Alliance. The board’s vice chairman is UTA’s Chief Planning Officer Matt Sibul. Designed for short trips in the city, memberships give folks access to bikes at stations throughout the downtown area. This tour will demonstrate the wide variety of transportation options transit agencies can sponsor and support in order to achieve overall solutions and services.
 
This guided tour of downtown Salt Lake City – by bicycle – will begin by meeting host guides in the hotel lobby. A short walk (approximately 2 city blocks) to the nearest GREENBike station will be followed by the bike tour and the short walk back to the hotel.
 
NOTE: The bike ride is all on flat terrain, so the tour is open to many different fitness levels. However, riders should know that much of the route will be on shared-lane downtown streets.

• TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY: Host guides will meet participants in the hotel lobby at 1:45 p.m. or 3:45 p.m.; participants will return to the hotel at 3:30 p.m. or 5:30 p.m., respectively.
 

TOUR 8: Transit Oriented Development/Sandy Civic Center
The Utah Transit Authority is a leading proponent and practitioner of Transit-Oriented Development. The use of transit infrastructure and services for the creation of mixed-use urban centers is an increasingly important ingredient in municipal and regional planning and redevelopment and coincides with changes in demographics and the millennials’ preferred lifestyle.
 
Led by UTA’s Chief TOD Officer Steve Meyer, this guided tour on Wednesday, June 24, will include developers, as well as UTA perspectives. Twenty-five participants will be able to join the tour leaving from the Grand America Hotel on the Blue Line to the Sandy Civic Center station, around which a residential development is being constructed in a mixed-use area.
 
• WEDNESDAY: Host guides will meet participants in the hotel lobby at 1:45 p.m.; participants will return to the hotel at 4:30 p.m.
 

TOUR 9: Transit Oriented Development/City Creek Center
City Creek Center is a mixed-use development that includes high-rise office and residential towers, high-end retail (Nordstrom and Tiffany’s are among the tenants in an open-air shopping center on nearly 20 acres in downtown Salt Lake City) and transit with a UTA light rail station in the middle of the project with both Blue Line Service to the south end of the Valley and Salt Lake Central and Green Line Service to the west side and Salt Lake International Airport.

A partnership between Taubman Centers, Inc. and the business arm of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, the project, estimated to cost $1.5 billion, was built continuously through the Great Recession and opened in March 2012.
 
Two groups of 10 can participate in this two-hour tour on Wednesday, June 24.
 
• WEDNESDAY: Host guides will meet tour participants in the hotel lobby at 1:45 p.m.; participants will return to the hotel at 4 p.m.
 

TOUR 10: Mountain Accord
Mountain Accord is an unprecedented collaboration of 23 municipal and county governments, government agencies, special interest groups, citizen volunteers, content experts and UTA. What has brought them all together is an effort to put together a plan that will satisfy myriad constituents relative to how Utah can handle an exploding population using the Wasatch Mountains’ canyons for recreation, transportation, private and commercial development, environmental and water shed protection.
 
Participants will go up into Little Cottonwood Canyon to Snowbird for a Mountain Accord presentation led by political and other leaders involved with Mountain Accord. This will be followed by a tour into a cave housing a major source of the Salt Lake Valley’s water supply, tram trips to the top of the peaks, a short walk in scenes of unbelievable beauty and a ski lift trip back to Snowbird for dinner.
 
This guided tour and presentation on Tuesday, June 23, is limited to 80 participants.
 
• TUESDAY: Host bus captains will meet tour participants in the hotel lobby at 2 p.m. Buses will return to the hotel at approximately 11 p.m.
 
NOTE: This tour into the Wasatch Mountains will be at an altitude of 11,000 feet or higher. Information about altitude sickness is available at:  http://www.altitude.org/altitude_sickness.php
 
There is limited accessibility for this tour.
 
QUESTIONS? Contact UTA staff at the host information desk in the APTA registration area in the Grand America Hotel.
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