Power break delays University Trax line

By Lana Groves, Asst. news Editor

An overhead power line for the University TRAX line that runs along 400 South broke and delayed commuters on Monday afternoon.

Students and commuters riding TRAX were required to get off at the Trolley Square stop heading west or at the Gallivan Plaza stop heading east and board buses transporting them to a running train.

Erika Shubin, a Utah Transit Authority spokeswoman, said they were notified about the broken line at about 2:20 p.m. and maintenance crews had trains up and running by 5:30 p.m. Commuters were delayed about 30 minutes waiting for the bus bridge, Shubin said.

“The train was down during the peak drive time,” Shubin said. “I don’t have a specific number…but certainly a number of people were affected.”

UTA doesn’t know what caused the break, but Shubin said it is being investigated.

The break is not related to problems UTA had with overhead wires last year on the North&-South line that runs from Sandy to Salt Lake City, she said.

“This is the first on the University line and they’ve been more than a year apart,” Shubin said.

Lana Groves