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Women's Conference, FanX expected to cause heavy traffic in Salt Lake through Saturday

Published: Thursday, March 24 2016 9:45 p.m. MDT

Heavy traffic is expected downtown through Saturday thanks to Salt Lake Comic Con's FanX convention, LDS Women's Conference and other events, prompting UTA to send out larger trains to accommodate commuters during the busy weekend.

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SALT LAKE CITY — Heavy traffic is expected downtown through Saturday thanks to Salt Lake Comic Con's FanX convention, LDS Women's Conference and other events, prompting the Utah Transit Authority to send out larger trains to accommodate commuters during the busy weekend.

About 50,000 people are expected to attend FanX, which got underway Thursday and runs through Saturday. Women's Conference is being held Saturday evening in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' Conference Center, which has a seating capacity of 21,000.

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir is also performing Handel's "Messiah" at the LDS Tabernacle on Thursday and Friday evenings. The Utah Symphony is performing Rachmaninoff's "Piano Concerto No. 2" on Friday and Saturday evenings at Abravenel Hall.

UTA hopes to do its part to reduce traffic by running Blue Line trains every 10 minutes from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday. The Blue and Green lines will also use trains with larger capacity. Those lines, plus the Red Line, will use larger trains Thursday and Friday.

"If you’re headed to (FanX), consider riding UTA," the agency said on its website. "It’s a great way to get to the Salt Palace Convention Center without fighting traffic or searching for a place to park."

Large-scale events also converged downtown last fall when Salt Lake Comic Con, LDS Women's Conference and Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey's Circus XTREME all coincided on the same weekend.

Salt Lake police typically employ 15 to 20 officers for LDS General Conference events have previously cautioned residents not to call in false alarms over fake weapons that some comic con attendees carry as part of a costume.

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