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Summarized by Kent Larsen

TRAX Ridership Jumped During LDS Conference
Salt Lake Tribune 4Apr00 D1

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- The LDS Church's General Conference this past weekend gave Salt Lake City's new light-rail system a near-record number of riders on Saturday, and 24,000 riders on Sunday, the first day that the system has been opened on Sunday. TRAX ridership has averaged about 25,000 riders on Saturdays.

The LDS Church agreed to pay to keep the system operating on Sunday for General Conference, hoping that the system would help aleviate the traffic expected for the meetings, expected to be higher than normal because of the opening of the Church's new 20,000-seat Conference Center.

It is still not known how much the Church will have to pay the system for remaining open on Sunday. The bill depends on the number of tickets sold on Sunday -- the Church will pay the difference between Sunday's receipts and the cost of operating the system. Many riders may not have purchased TRAX tickets on Sunday either by using monthly passes or by riding in the downtown free-fare zone.

UTA officials also praised the day as a success for the TRAX system, "We had a lot of new riders, people who had never been on TRAX before. It was a great opportunity because we were able to introduce the system to a whole new group of riders both days," said Kent Jorgenson of the UTA's community relations office.

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Thousands board TRAX for rides to conference
Deseret News 3Apr00 D1
By Brady Snyder: Deseret News staff writer


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