UTA unveiled the first of 77 new train cars that will soon be part of the upgraded fleet providing service to and from Daybreak on the mid-jordan extension of the expanding TRAX light rail system. The sleek new Siemens S70 train cars were unveiled to the public and the media at a new park and ride station just North of Daybreak on June 18. Attendees rode the train from the park and ride lot, down to the Daybreak South Station at Daybreak Parkway and then back.
Besides the sleek lines, and improved energy efficient design, one of the biggest upgrades that comes with the new trains is the self service ramp that makes getting on and off the train much easier for everyone. The new trains will enter service officially on August 7, 2011. Until then, they will continue to undergo a rigourous commissioning process while the remainder of the TRAX line that will connect Daybreak to downtown and the University of Utah is completed.
Daybreak residents Virgina and Bay Roberts were among the 200 or so people who enjoyed the inaugural ride on the Mid-Jordan line. Watch for the TRAX countdown clock on the Daybreak website, coming soon.