Carpenter said the project will have a large economic impact, particularly for the businesses along North Temple.
"This provides a solid connection to that part of our city from downtown and essentially brings North Temple back into the fold."
Grand opening festivities for the new line are planned from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at all stations along the line except Arena. The community celebrations will feature music, food and activities.
The celebrations will showcase several North Temple businesses, including Red Iguana, Mestizo Coffeehouse, Pipa, Leatherby's Family Creamery and Diamond Lil's.
At 2 p.m., a grand opening celebration is planned at the North Temple Bridge Station, featuring Gov. Gary Herbert, members of Utah's congressional delegation and other local officials.
In addition, the donation of a can of food will allow people to ride the new line anywhere between the Arena and Airport stations from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. All food donations will benefit the Utah Food Bank.
The airport TRAX line will begin regular service Sunday, April 14, on UTA's Green Line, offering service between West Valley City and Salt Lake City International Airport.
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