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How To Use The New Trax Line

New West Valley Trax Line

Over the holiday weekend we experienced the new Trax line, and I feel so much more comfortable and familiar with it than I did before! I know so many people that are avoiding it because they don’t know how it works, but it’s really quite simple, and very convenient!

We wanted to go downtown, so we decided to test out the new West Valley Trax line. We parked at the station across from Valley Fair Mall by the West Valley City Hall. We found out it runs every 20 minutes, and we had just missed it, so we had some time to just hang out. There was a train sitting there waiting, but wasn’t allowing anybody on it yet. We thought that the train on the North side of the Tracks went Westbound, and the train on the South tracks went Eastbound, so we were waiting for the other train to come back. Apparently this is the last/first West Valley stop, so both trains go Eastbound and towards downtown. About 5 minutes before it was scheduled to leave, the train that had been sitting there opened its doors and allowed passengers on.

I thought that because we were on a “Green Line” West Valley Train, and wanted to go downtown, that we would have to get off somewhere and transfer to a new train. We did not. All of the lines get you directly downtown, whether you get on at University of Utah, Daybreak, Sandy, or West Valley. (View map below)

Once you are downtown and want to get home, you have to pay a little bit more attention. We saw a guy get on the wrong train because he wasn’t paying attention, and I felt so bad for him! When you are downtown, make sure you look at the marquee on the front of the train. If it says “Green Train”, it will take you back to West Valley. If it says “Red Train University” or “Red Train Daybreak”, it will get you to those destinations. If it says “Blue Train Sandy”, then it will take you to Sandy. It’s really quite simple: Just pay attention to the marquee and where you want to go.

If I want to go from West Valley to Sandy, then at the 21st South Central Station, I would get off the Green Train West Valley, and wait for a Blue Train Sandy. Same with Daybreak or University. Just listen to the overhead instructions and you can get to where you are going!

You can read more about Trax on their website. 

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  1. Jon Reidford 03/08/2012 at 1:12 pm

    Hi! And thanks for a helpful story!!

    I used the TRAX system last year from Arena/Gateway Mall stop to a Bees game (and back) just fine. However, this year I’ll be at Univ. of Utah and would like to get to Gateway Mall/Arena stop (and back to the University from there) but not sure about how to do that…the red/blue/green lines have me confused a bit and also wondering do you have to pay additional ticket money to transfer from train to train?

    Appreciate your help very much!!!


  2. Jon Reidford 03/08/2012 at 1:15 pm


    I have looked at TRAX website and the map and that does not make any sense to me….!!!

    Sorry! Don’t you just love dumb tourists…!?!? 😉


  3. Michelle Powell 03/08/2012 at 2:02 pm


    First of all, there are no dumb tourists! We love any and all visitors, new people, longtime residents of our city! 🙂

    Okay, so to get from the University to the Gateway Mall, here is what you are going to want to do:

    – Purchase a day pass or a round trip ticket. You do not need to pay to transfer from train to train, like the buses do. A trax ticket is a trax ticket.

    – Get on the University line (red line) at the University.
    – Ride that until you reach the Courthouse stop. Get off there. When you get off, you will have traveled southbound.
    – After getting off, walk to the opposit side to get on a northbound train. Watch for a green line or a blue line train. Get on, and ride that to either the Arena stop, or the Planetarium stop. Both of those drop you off by The Gateway, depending on which part of The Gateway you want to be at.

    I hope that helps! If not, leave additional questions on this and I will try my best to answer.

    Have a great day! 🙂

  4. Michelle Powell 03/08/2012 at 2:03 pm

    OH, and to get back to the University from The Gateway:

    – At The Gateway, get on a green or blue line train going Eastbound
    – Get off at Courthouse.
    – Go to the opposite side of the trax and get on a red line train.
    – You will arrive home!

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