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UTA Plans Numerous Activities for Rail Conference, June 21-24

The Utah Transit Authority (UTA), host system for the 2015 APTA Rail Conference in Salt Lake City, June 21-24, has announced several special events just prior to and during the conference.

Community Service
UTA invites conference attendees arriving by Friday afternoon, June 19, to participate in a community service project at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints’ Humanitarian Center. Up to 40 conference registrants and guests can help volunteers organize bundles of clothes and housewares to be packaged and shipped throughout Latin America by the International Rescue Committee and Catholic Community Services. A bus will transport participants between the Grand America Hotel, the conference hotel, and the center.

Welcome Reception at ­Olympic Park
On Saturday night, June 20, UTA will host a reception at Olympic Cauldron Park, site of the 2002 Winter Olympics’ opening and closing ceremonies. The event, with the theme “Celebrate the Spirit of Partnerships and Teamwork,” will welcome conference attendees to Utah. UTA’s TRAX Red Line light rail will take visitors from the conference hotel to the University of Utah’s Rice Eccles Stadium, where the park is located.

Host Forum
The Host Forum on Monday morning, June 22, will showcase “Frontlines 2015,” UTA’s plan to build 70 miles of light rail and commuter rail, which finished two years ahead of schedule and hundreds of millions of dollars under budget. The five new rail projects, four light rail lines and one commuter rail line entered service by 2013, more than doubling the agency’s then-existing 64-mile rail network. UTA President and Chief Executive Officer Michael Allegra will lead a discussion with partners and team members to detail how UTA completed this ambitious project in the middle of a recession.

10 Technical Tours
UTA has announced 10 technical tours on Tuesday, June 23, and/or Wednesday, June 24. Registration is limited for some of these programs; interested attendees should sign up on site at the host information desk in the APTA registration area at the conference hotel. The tours include:
* Jordan River Service Center, Operations;
* Jordan River Service Center, Vehicle Maintenance and Shop;
* Warm Springs, Operations;
* Warm Springs, Vehicle Maintenance and Shop;
* Sugar House Streetcar;
* Airport Line and Upcoming Reconstruction;
* Bike Share;
* Transit-Oriented Development/Sandy Civic Center;
* Transit-Oriented Development/City Creek Center; and
* Mountain Accord.

For other Rail Conference news, including details of the technical tours and to register, click here.
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