Early Airport Trax schedule drawing criticism

Early Airport Trax schedule drawing criticism

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - It's only a proposed Trax schedule for the airport line but it's already drawing fire from passengers.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - Don't expect Trax to get up too early.

UTA's proposed airport schedule means it won't be there for early or late night flights when the line opens in April.

The first train will arrive at 6 a.m. on week-days, 7:10 a.m on Saturday and 9:10 a.m. Sunday.

Trax will shutdown at 10:30 p.m weekdays and even earlier on week-ends.

So when the line opens in April its off limits for some.

“It wouldn't be friendly at all,” said Andy Povich an airline passenger. “I might as well take a cab.”

It also affects those who work the early shift at the airport.

“It would be nice to take Trax in and not have to worry about mileage or anything like that,” says James Chaney who works at the airport.

UTA officials say a tight budget is driving this train.

"We've had to readjust and look at our service and it just doesn't allow us to operate quite as early or as late as we may have wanted to originally," says Chad Saley.

But without a user friendly schedule, customers can see Trax becoming an afterthought.

“If you're going to sell soda and there's a sign on the machine that says soda, it has to have soda and it has to be available when people are there to use it,” says Colley Kelley an airline passenger. “If you put rocks in the machine and are open from midnight to one a.m. your cash in the machine will always be empty.”

UTA officials say the schedule is tentative and is open for public comment through the end of January. A final schedule will be released in early spring.

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