Stadium station (UTA)

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Stadium station is a light rail station serving the Rice–Eccles Stadium on the campus of the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States, served by the Red Line of the Utah Transit Authority's (UTA) TRAX light rail system. The Red Line provides a service from the University of Utah Medical Center to the Daybreak community of South Jordan.

Stadium
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Stadium TRAX station.jpg
Passengers waiting on the Stadium station platform
General information
Location1349 East 500 South
(East University Boulevard)
Salt Lake City, Utah
United States
Coordinates40°45′34.98″N 111°51′7.74″W / 40.7597167°N 111.8521500°W / 40.7597167; -111.8521500Coordinates: 40°45′34.98″N 111°51′7.74″W / 40.7597167°N 111.8521500°W / 40.7597167; -111.8521500
Owned byUtah Transit Authority (UTA)
Platforms1 island platform
Tracks2
ConnectionsBus transport UTA: 3, 4, 213, 220, 455, 473[1]
Construction
Structure typeAt-grade
Disabled accessYes
History
OpenedDecember 15, 2001; 20 years ago (2001-12-15)[2]
Services
Preceding station Utah Transit Authority Following station
University South Campus Red Line 900 East
Former services
Preceding station Utah Transit Authority Following station
University South Campus Sandy/University Line 900 East
900 East University Line University South Campus

DescriptionEdit

The address listed by UTA for the station is 1349 East 500 South (East University Boulevard/SR-186).[3] However, the station's two side platforms are actually located immediately east of a one-way (southbound only) section of University Street (SR-282). The station is accessible from both 400 South and 500 South, but not University Street (except at the two previously indicated streets). Situated on the western edge of the University of Utah Campus, the station is just west of the University's Rice–Eccles Stadium with the stadium's parking lot in between. (Rice–Eccles Stadium was the site of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 2002 Winter Olympics, as well as home of the Real Salt Lake major league soccer team [2005-2008].) The area west of the station is older residential housing; southeast of the station is the Mount Olivet Cemetery. As part of the UTA's Art in Transit program, the station features a woven bronze sculpture created by Michael Stutz entitled Flame Figure.[4] Installed in December 2001, the sculpture was commissioned by the Salt Lake City Arts Council to commemorate the 2002 Winter Olympics.[5] Unlike most TRAX stations, Stadium does not have a Park and Ride lot.[3] The station is part of a railway right of way that was created specifically for the former University Line. The station was opened on December 15, 2001[2] as part of the former University Line and is operated by the Utah Transit Authority.

HistoryEdit

Following the approval of federal funding in February 2000, construction of the [former] University Line commenced on August 7, 2000.[6] The naming of the station Stadium (due to its proximity to Rice–Eccles Stadium) was made official by the UTA Board on April 25, 2001.[7] The station opened as one of the four new TRAX stations included as part of the University Line.[2]

Stadium Station served as the eastern terminus of the University Line from its completion through the opening of a three-station expansion further east on September 29, 2003; the University Medical Center presently serves as the eastern terminus.[8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Salt Lake County System Map" (Map). Utah Transit Authority. April 14, 2022.
  2. ^ a b c Culler, Leah L. (December 14, 2001). "All aboard (Saturday) for U. TRAX". Deseret News. Salt Lake City: Deseret Digital Media. Retrieved March 8, 2013.
  3. ^ a b "TRAX Parking and Stops". rideuta.com. Utah Transit Authority. Retrieved April 9, 2013.
  4. ^ "Art in Transit, University Line". www.slcdocs.com. Salt Lake City Arts Council. Retrieved August 13, 2014.
  5. ^ "Flame Figure". stuzart.com. Michael Stutz. Archived from the original on December 1, 2008. Retrieved January 16, 2010.
  6. ^ Welling, Angie (August 8, 2000). "Work starts on TRAX branch to U.: Few problems now, but some along line uneasy". Deseret News. Salt Lake City: Deseret Digital Media. Retrieved April 9, 2013.
  7. ^ Van Eyck, Zack (April 26, 2001). "UTA names TRAX stations". Deseret News. Salt Lake City: Deseret Digital Media. Retrieved April 9, 2013.
  8. ^ Fattah, Geoffrey (September 30, 2003). "UTA extends TRAX line to U. med center". Deseret News. Salt Lake City: Deseret Digital Media. Retrieved April 9, 2013.

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