June 28, 2017
Deseret News: Extra S-Line track will help reduce wait time at stations
Deseret News: Rich Sheya doesn't always ride the South Salt Lake S-Line, but when he does, he said there's always a bit of a wait.
Sheya works as the general manager at the Salt Lake Culinary Center, a home cooking school next to the 300 East streetcar station. "It all depends on their scheduling," he said. "If you get there just in time to see the S-Line leave, then you’ve got a 20-minute wait."
Now those lengthy wait times are scheduled to change. On Tuesday, Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams announced that an additional track will be added to the S-Line that will reduce wait times by 25 percent.
"We want to make it as easy or easier than driving a car," McAdams said. "If you want to increase the speed of trains, you’ve got to get this double track in."
The double track will run two blocks from 300 East to 500 East, allowing trains to pass each other without pausing. With the current single track, trains pull to the side at different stations to allow other streetcars to pass.
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