C'mon, UTA, Salt Lake Central station looks like a flag stop

Published: Sunday, Dec. 23 2012 12:00 a.m. MST

Passengers load and unload from a FrontRunner train arriving in Salt Lake City from Provo, Monday, Dec. 10, 2012.

Ravell Call, Deseret News

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As I waited for the FrontRunner at the Salt Lake Central station yesterday, I lamented the station's unappealing presentation as I looked at the Rio Grande Station, now a museum. The design of the so-called "central" must prompt questions in the minds of visitors whether they have arrived at a flag stop — not a proud metropolitan city.

We have in this wonderful city two grand railroad stations. Yet, we settle for what is essentially an open air flag stop, as if rail travel was not considered in the planning of the Gateway.

I think the concept of merging rail, light rail and bus service is a superb idea, but the manner in which it has all been brought together is shameful. Kudos, however, for the magnificent commuter train itself.

Frank Overfelt

Cottonwood Heights

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