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Published: Friday, Aug. 9 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Midvaliean
MIDVALE, UT

Ummm, you test the heck out of something that will be carrying hundreds of lives per trip. This sounds good to me.

watchman
Salt Lake City, UT

This causes one to wonder what is so different with this new TRAX line compared to the other three that have more recently been opened. All the others went through the testing cycle but none for a long period of time like the Sandy-Draper line.

Of course, one must also recognize that UTA does some crazy things and there seems to be a genuine lack of oversight.

JayTee
Sandy, UT

Many people have the mindset that they'll accept anything that those "large and in-charge" come up with, no matter how obviously absurd it happens to be. I just wish those people were the only ones paying for all this wonderful stuff cooked up by the brilliant minds who always know what's best for the rest of us and our resources.

SEY
Sandy, UT

The gates came down as I was heading to work yesterday morning where Trax intersects 12300 South. I was running a little late so I was mildly annoyed. But I became more annoyed as the minutes passed and NO TRAIN appeared! Finally, after waiting more than 5 minutes (more like 7 or 8), the gates lifted with NO TRAIN IN SIGHT! What gives???

Ultra Bob
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Everything that our government does is at the request, proposal and imposed action of private enterprise business operations in their quest for profits. Any benefits to people in general are just used to cover and excuse the action.

It would be a great service to the public if our media would identify and publicize the prime movers of government actions and the manner in which they obtained the government action.

JayTee
Sandy, UT

Ultra Bob, You're right: Crony capitalism is not only alive and well in America, but thriving like never before. And it's ALWAYS excused with the claim that everything that's done is for the "greater good." There are no hidden agendas like the ones used by politicians and their friends when they feel compelled to pick our pockets and compromise our rights as they feather their own nests and line their own pockets.

stanfunky
Salt Lake City, UT

from Watchman: "This causes one to wonder what is so different with this new TRAX line compared to the other three that have more recently been opened. All the others went through the testing cycle but none for a long period of time like the Sandy-Draper line."

Obviously you weren't paying attention to the other lines. The Daybreak, West Valley, and Airport sections were tested for 6 months prior to their openings, with trains going nearly daily for about half of that time. It IS a federal requirement, tied to the grant money and federal funding that UTA received to build the lines, so blame the feds, not UTA, for running trains excessively during the testing timeframe.

JayTee
Sandy, UT

It's it just so nice when the Federal government is generous enough to give us back some of the money they stole from us . . . when we're duly nice and obedient, that is? We should always be ever so grateful for their kind philanthropy.

Ultra Bob
Cottonwood Heights, UT

JayTee

Sorry JayTee but this is not something you can blame on the democrats and Obama.

Government, since the beginning, has as its main purpose the accruing of other people’s wealth while protecting the wealth of its own people.

CHS 85
Sandy, UT

My house is literally along the railroad tracks. When I say that, I mean my back fence is next to the Trax soundwall in Sandy. The "round the clock" testing just isn't that bad. I bought my house next the railroad tracks knowing that there may be trains on those tracks. Those tracks were there LONG before my house was built and LONG before I became a resident of Sandy. I have had the trains behind my house traveling at over 50mph all summer. They move by quickly and they aren't all that noisy. They don't shake my house and they don't sound a horn as they approach the major road near my home. I just haven't been that annoyed.

I will say that the coordination of the gate crossing arms has been less than successful so far, but I believe they will have that all figured out soon. The intersection at 10600 South and the train line seems to be exceptionally long for the arms to be down.

If you don't want trains by your house, don't buy a house near the tracks.

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