Sandy-Draper rail line won't see riders until summer

Tuesday , March 18, 2014 - 5:01 PM


DRAPER— Construction of the 3.8-mile extension of the light rail line from Sandy to Draper is “substantially complete” but transit officials say it won’t be ready for paying customers until summer.

That’s because the $194 million project must undergo months of required testing and certification before the Utah Transit Authority may obtain a green light from federal officials for its use.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports Federal Transit Administration officials are scheduled to visit in January and review the work and its documentation to ensure it meets standards before any testing begins.

If that goes well, system testing could begin in mid-February.

A commuter service between Salt Lake City and Provo was launched earlier this month, but the first few days were marred by delays and longer-than-advertised commutes.

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