FrontRunner South line opens, but some wait times doubled

Posted at 6:35 PM, Dec 10, 2012
and last updated 2012-12-10 21:32:53-05

SALT LAKE CITY - The new FrontRunner South line connecting Salt Lake City and Provo opened on Monday, meaning riders can now make the nearly 90-mile trip from Ogden to Provo without having to transfer.

The FrontRunner South line takes about an hour each way, which is a big boost to Utah County commuters, but that means the wait time for others in Davis and Weber Counties doubles, going from 30 minutes to an hour.

Overall, UTA officials say most riders won't see a difference in wait times, but for some people traveling against the flow - going from Salt Lake City to Ogden during morning rush hour - or at off-peak times, the wait time doubles. T

rains will still depart every 30 minutes and there will be the same number of trains on the rails, but UTA is working to allocate resources in the best way possible.

"You're leaving Salt Lake to go to Ogden in the morning or vice versa in the afternoon, our trains will no longer depart every 30 minutes, it'll be every 60 minutes. So you have to check the schedules and make sure you know when your train will be departing," said Gerry Carpenter with UTA.