American Fork (UTA station)

American Fork
Utah Transit Authority (UTA)
FrontRunner commuter rail station
American Fork Station passenger platform
Station statistics
Address 782 West 200 South[1]
American Fork, Utah
United States
Coordinates
Line(s)

Utah Transit Authority (UTA):

Connections None
Structure type At-grade
Platforms 1 island platform
Tracks 2
Parking 553[2]
Other information
Opened 10 December 2012[3]
Accessible
Owned by UTA
Services
Preceding station   Utah Transit Authority   Following station
toward Ogden or Pleasant View
FrontRunner
toward Provo

American Fork is a commuter rail station in American Fork, Utah, United States served by the FrontRunner, Utah Transit Authority's (UTA) commuter rail train that operates along the Wasatch Front with service from Pleasant View in northern Weber County through Ogden, Davis County, Salt Lake City, and Salt Lake County to Provo in central Utah County. It is part of the FrontRunner South extension.

Description

The station is located at 782 West 200 South and is fairly easily accessed from I-15 by way of the Pioneer Crossing (SR-145/American Fork Main Street) interchange. To reach the station, head west from I-15 on Pioneer Crossing to the first traffic light, then turn left (south) onto South Mill Pond Road (850 East in Lehi) and then right (east) onto 200 South (also signed at this intersection as 7750 North). The station has a free Park and Ride lot with over 550 parking spaces available.[2][Note 1] Although a large retail development is located to the north, just across I-15 from the station, there is no direct pedestrian access to the shopping center and there are currently no other commercial developments in close proximity either. The station is located within the Quiet Zone, so trains do not routinely sound their horns when approaching public crossings within this corridor.[5][6] The station opened, along with the rest of the FrontRunner South, on 10 December 2012[3] and is operated by Utah Transit Authority.

All of UTA's TRAX and FrontRunner trains and stations, as well as all fixed route buses, are compliant with Americans with Disabilities Act and are therefore accessible to those with disabilities.[7] Since not all FrontRunner passenger cars are wheelchair accessible, signage at the stations, on the passenger platforms, and on the passenger cars clearly indicate accessibility options. In addition, each train has one or more Train Hosts available to provide assistance as may be needed, including the placement of ramps for wheelchair boarding.[8] In accordance with the Utah Clean Air Act and UTA ordinance, "smoking is prohibited on UTA vehicles as well as UTA bus stops, TRAX stations, and FrontRunner stations".[9]

The FrontRunner

On weekdays the FrontRunner has about twenty-three round trips between Ogden and Provo (through Salt Lake City) and about five more round trips between Ogden and Downtown Salt Lake City. On Saturdays there are only nineteen round trips between Ogden and Provo. Trains run hourly from about 4:30 am to just after midnight on weekdays (with additional half hour runs for the morning and evening commutes). Saturdays have hourly runs from about 6:00 am to 2:30 am Sunday morning. As of August 2013 the FrontRunner does not run on Sundays or holidays. Each weekday, service is extended to Pleasant View Station with two trains picking up (no dropping off) passengers early in the morning and two more trains picking up and dropping off passengers in the evening.[10]

Train schedule[Note 2]

On weekdays the first northbound FrontRunner train (to the Ogden Intermodal Transit Center) leaves the American Fork Station at about 5:00 am and the first southbound train (to the Provo Station) leaves at about 6:00 am. The last northbound train leaves at 10:37 pm and the last southbound train leaves at 12:30 am (early the next morning). The first, last, and only trains that go as far north as the Pleasant View Station leave at 4:37 pm and 5:37 pm.

On Saturdays the first southbound train leaves at about 6:45 am and the first northbound train leaves at about 8:00 am. The last southbound train leaves at 12:53 am (early Sunday morning) and the last northbound train leaves at 1:37 am (early Sunday morning). However, the last northbound train only goes as far north as the North Temple Bridge/Guadalupe Station; the last train to the Ogden Intermodal Transit Center leaves at 11:07 pm.[10]

Bus connections[Note 3]

Note: As of 18 August 2013, and continuing through Change Day on 8 December 2013, American Fork is the only FrontRunner station that does not have any bus connections at or near the station. Previous connections were eliminated or were adjusted to connect at the Lehi Station.

Notes

  1. ^ Recently UTA announced that beginning 1 July 2013 it will start a one year pilot program involving most of its TRAX and FrontRunner Park and Ride lots. The purpose of the new program is to make rider connections with the Salt Lake City International Airport more convenient by avoiding the need to park at the airport. The programs allows UTA patrons to park for an "unlimited amount of time" in the designated Park and Ride lots. In addition, UTA will allow free parking in all of its parking garages. Previous UTA policy limited parking to no more than 24 hours, except at its parking garages. As part of the year long pilot program, "UTA will measure parking lot usage and monitor costs, maintenance requirements, impacts to snow removal and security issues before determining if the program will be extended." There are eight Park and Ride lots that are excluded from this test program and the 24 hour time limit will still apply to these lots. American Fork Station's lot is specifically included in this test program.[4] Notwithstanding permission to park for extended periods in the applicable Park and Ride Lots, updated signage at the stations advises that the UTA Transit Police request that they be notified anytime a car is parked in one of the lots for more than seven days.
  2. ^ Train schedule is current as of Change Day, 18 August 2013
  3. ^ Bus routes are current as of Change Day, 18 August 2013

References

  1. ^ Stops"FrontRunner". Utah Transit Authority. Retrieved 12 Dec 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Park & Ride Lots"FrontRunner". Utah Transit Authority. Retrieved 12 Dec 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Park, Shara (10 Dec 2012). South opens, brings changes to north line"FrontRunner". KSL-TV (Salt Lake City: Deseret Digital Media). Retrieved 12 Dec 2012. 
  4. ^ "UTA Offers Free Multi-Day Parking". Utah Transit Authority. 26 Jun 2013. Retrieved 19 Jul 2013. 
  5. ^ Hesterman, Billy (29 Nov 2012). "No more horns: Quiet zone now in effect for trains". Daily Herald (Provo, Utah: Lee Enterprises). Retrieved 4 May 2013. 
  6. ^ "Front Runner South FAQs". Utah Transit Authority. Retrieved 19 Nov 2012. 
  7. ^ "Fixed Route Accessibility". Utah Transit Authority. Retrieved 13 Mar 2013. 
  8. ^ "Riders with Disabilities". Utah Transit Authority. Retrieved 17 Mar 2013. 
  9. ^ "Rider Rules". Utah Transit Authority. Retrieved 12 Mar 2013. 
  10. ^ a b "FrontRunner" (PDF). Utah Transit Authority. 8 Dec 2013. Retrieved 13 Dec 2013. 

External links

  • Official UTA website
  • websiteFrontRunnerOfficial
  • ScheduleFrontRunnerUTA
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