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Ballpark
Utah Transit Authority (UTA)
TRAX light rail station
Non revenue siding at 1300 South TRAX.jpg
A view to the north, taken from the far south end of the platform, highlighting the non-revenue siding and mural painted across from the station
Location 180 West 1300 South
Salt Lake City, Utah[1]
 United States
Coordinates 40°44′32″N 111°53′48.5″W / 40.74222°N 111.896806°W / 40.74222; -111.896806
Owned by UTA
Line(s)

Utah Transit Authority (UTA):

Platforms 1 island platform
Tracks 1 set of double tracks and
1 single non-revenue[Note 1] siding
Connections UTA local bus, U Car Share
Construction
Structure type At-grade
Parking 170 free spaces[1]
Bicycle facilities 3 paid lockers
Disabled access Yes
History
Opened 4 December 1999[3]
Services
Preceding station   Utah Transit Authority   Following station
Blue Line
Red Line
toward Airport
Green Line
  Former services  
Sandy/University Line
Location
Ballpark map.png

Ballpark[Note 2] is a light rail station in the People's Freeway neighborhood of Salt Lake City, Utah, in the United States, served by all three lines of Utah Transit Authority's TRAX light rail system. The Blue Line provides service from Downtown Salt Lake City to Draper. The Red Line provides service from the University of Utah to the Daybreak Community of South Jordan. The Green Line provides service from the Salt Lake City International Airport to West Valley City (via Downtown Salt Lake City).

Description[edit]

The station is located at 180 West 1300 South (1300 South is a major east-west route through Salt Lake City and the station is easily accessed from that street). It is about a half a block northwest of the Smith's Ballpark, home to the Salt Lake Bees.[12] Two driveways from 1300 South allow access to the station by vehicles and buses from the south side of the station. Sidewalks on 1300 South and Lucy Lane to the north allow pedestrian and bicycle access.[13][14] There is direct access to the platform from the sidewalk on the north side of 1300 South. The 1300 South cross street provides direct access to the major north-south arterial roads—West Temple Street, Main Street and State Street (US 89) to the east and 300 West and Interstate 15/80 to the west. The station has a Park and Ride lot with 170 free parking spaces available.[1][Note 3] There is also a dedicated parking space is allocated to U Car Share, a carsharing company operating in Salt Lake City. The station was opened on 4 December 1999 and is operated by the 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.[16] Signage at the stations, on the passenger platforms, and on the trains clearly indicate accessibility options. Ramps on the passenger platform and assistance from the train operator may be necessary for wheelchair boarding on Blue Line (weekdays only). These ramps are not used on weekends or on the Red or Green Lines. 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".[17]

History[edit]

Ballpark is near the point where the Salt Lake and Utah interurban streetcar line crossed the first mainline built south from Salt Lake City (which has been known by many names, but is most associated with the Union Pacific Railroad). The TRAX tracks north of the station follow the old route of the Salt Lake and Utah, while the tracks south of the area follow those used by Union Pacific. The electrified spur track visible to the northwest of the current station is the northern continuation of the original Union Pacific mainline; only a few traces of the southern continuation of the Salt Lake and Utah line (which headed due southwest to the vicinity of UTA's Redwood Junction station before turning south) remain.

In 1997, when planning for the rebuilt Sandy/Salt Lake line, UTA had envisioned that the area around the station would go through an urban renewal, with some of the older houses renovated and new multi-family living constructed around the station. However, UTA property manager Richard Swenson admitted that, "I don't think developers have caught the vision yet."[18] The station was part of the original TRAX line (now the Blue Line), which opened 4 December 1999.[3] Students from the nearby Horizonte Instruction and Training Center painted a mural along the side of one of the businesses that are located along the west side of the station in 2000, which were frequent targets for graffiti artists. A Salt Lake City official stated that these murals help keep down graffiti because "...the gangs for some reason respect that kind of artwork."[19]

The Park and Ride lot was filled to capacity on most nights during the 2002 Winter Olympics due to the high use of TRAX and buses by locals and spectators.[20] In 2003, Ballpark had the third highest auto-theft numbers out of all TRAX stations, behind Historic Sandy and Sandy Civic Center.[21] On 31 October 2006, then-governor Jon Huntsman, Jr. held a press conference at the station to support Proposition 3, which instituted a quarter-cent raise in the state's sales tax in Salt Lake and Utah counties. Proposition 3 included funding for FrontRunner and, at the time, 33 unknown projects in Salt Lake County.[22][23]

Services[edit]

The single island platform, capable of serving up to four-car trains,[24] is located on the west side of the 3.2-acre (1.3 ha) property. Two shelters are located on the platform covering small seating areas, with pictures of former Salt Lake Bees players lining the inside canopy.[25]

On 18 August 2009, U Car Share started providing carsharing services with public pick up and drop off stops at several different TRAX stations as well as the University of Utah campus.[26] Three secured bicycle lockers are also located on the facility, but must be rented from UTA in advance for an annual fee.[27] Three ticket machines are located on the platform that provide single-ride, round trip, and all day passes, as well as family and discounted fare tickets. The ticket machines are cash-only and provide change in dollar coins and quarters only.[28] TRAX ticket machines used to accept UTA fare tokens, which are still accepted on buses. On 1 September 2008 UTA discontinued the use of tokens at TRAX machines due to increased fraud.[29]

Train schedules[edit]

Train schedules are current as of Change Day, 8 December 2013.

Blue Line[edit]

On weekdays the first northbound Blue Line train (to the Salt Lake Central Station) leaves the Ballpark Station at about 5:15 am and the first southbound train (to the Draper Town Center Station) leaves at about 6:00 am. The last northbound train leaves at 11:04 pm and the last southbound train leaves at 11:47 pm. However, the last southbound train only goes as far south as the Fashion Place West Station; the last southbound train to the Draper Town Center Station leaves at 11:02 pm.

On Saturdays the first northbound train leaves at about 6:15 am and the first southbound train leaves at about 7:15 am. The last northbound train leaves at 11:00 pm and the last northbound train leaves at 11:51 pm. However, the last southbound train only goes as far south as the next station, the Central Pointe Station; the last southbound train to the Draper Town Center Station leaves at 11:11 pm.

On Sundays the first northbound train leaves at about 9:45 am and the first southbound train leaves at about 10:30 am. The last northbound train leaves at 7:40 pm and the last southbound train leaves at 8:31 pm. However, the last southbound train only goes as far south as the next station, the Central Pointe Station; the last southbound train to the Draper Town Center Station leaves at 8:11 pm.

Blue Line trains run every fifteen minutes on weekdays and every twenty minutes on weekends.[30]

Red Line[edit]

On weekdays the first northbound Red Line train (to the University Medical Center Station) leaves the Ballpark Station at about 4:45 am and the first southbound train (to the Daybreak Parkway Station) leaves at about 5:45 am. The last northbound train leaves at 10:54 pm and the last southbound train leaves at 11:52 pm. However, the last southbound train only goes as far south as the next station, the Central Pointe Station; the last southbound train to the Daybreak Parkway Station leaves at 11:22 pm.

On Saturdays the first northbound train leaves at about 6:30 am and the first southbound train leaves at about 7:30 am. The last northbound train leaves at 11:05 pm and the last southbound train leaves at 12:01 am (early Sunday morning). However, the last southbound train only goes as far south as the next station, the Central Pointe Station; the last southbound train to the Daybreak Parkway Station leaves at 11:22 pm.

On Sundays the first northbound train leaves at about 9:15 am and the first southbound train leaves at about 10:30 am. The last northbound train leaves at 7:45 pm and the last southbound train leaves at 8:41 pm. However, the last southbound train only goes as far south as the next station, the Central Pointe Station; the last southbound train to the Daybreak Parkway Station leaves at 7:21 pm.

Red Line trains run every fifteen minutes on weekdays and every twenty minutes on weekends.[30]

Green Line[edit]

On weekdays the first northbound Green Line train (to the Airport Station) leaves the Ballpark Station at about 5:00 am and the first northbound train (to the West Valley Central Station) leaves at about 6:15 am. The last northbound train leaves at 10:44 pm and the last southbound train leaves at 11:57 pm. However, the last southbound train only goes as far south as the next station, the Central Pointe Station; the last southbound train to the West Valley Central Station leaves at 11:12 pm.

On Saturdays the first northbound train leaves at about 6:00 am and the first southbound train leaves at about 7:00 am. The last northbound train leaves at 10:35 pm and the last southbound train leaves at 11:46 pm.

On Sundays the first northbound train leaves at about 9:00 am and the first southbound train leaves at about 10:00 am. The last northbound train leaves at 7:15 pm and the last southbound train leaves at 8:26 pm.

Green Line trains run every fifteen minutes on weekdays and every twenty minutes on weekends.[30]

Bus connections[edit]

Bus routes are current as of Change Day, 8 December 2013.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The term "non-revenue" is most often used in railway terminology to refer to rail cars other than those specifically used to generate revenue (passenger cars and freight cars).[2] However, it can also apply to railways (tracks) that are owned, but not used to transport passengers or freight. (The terms non-revenue and "deadhead" are often used interchangeably within the railroad and airline industries.) In the case of the referenced track, it is one owned by UTA and has overhead power lines for a short distance, but is not used for passenger transport.
  2. ^ UTA often adds the secondary name of 1300 South on many of its maps and other references. The station is sometimes referred to as "Ball Park" (two words) instead of the correct name "Ballpark" (one word), even by UTA itself. The original official and legal name selected by UTA was "Ballpark"[4] and that is the name still used by UTA on its list of TRAX station names,[1] its Salt Lake County System Map,[5] TRAX schedules, bus route maps,[6] and the signage on the station itself. However, the UTA does mistakely list it as "Ball Park" on its TRAX & FrontRunner Map,[7] TRAX Map,[8] and all three individual maps of TRAX lines[9][10][11]
  3. ^ 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. Ballpark Station's lot is specifically included in this test program.[15] 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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "TRAX Parking and Stops". Utah Transit Authority. Retrieved 28 Feb 2013. 
  2. ^ "Glossary & Acronyms". Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. Retrieved 27 Apr 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Van Eyck, Zack (26 Aug 1999). "All aboard! TRAX trains will roll in December". Deseret News. Salt Lake City: Deseret Digital Media. Retrieved 28 Feb 2013. 
  4. ^ Van Eyck, Zack (28 Nov 1997). "UTA board of directors OKs names for 16 light-rail stations". Deseret News. Salt Lake City: Deseret Digital Media. Retrieved 1 Mar 2013. 
  5. ^ Salt Lake County System Map: December 2012 (Map). Utah Transit Authority. Dec 2012. Retrieved 1 Mar 2013. 
  6. ^ Route 516 Poplar Grove / Glendale (PDF) (Map). Utah Transit Authority. Dec 2012. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-04-06. Retrieved 1 Mar 2013. 
  7. ^ TRAX & FrontRunner Map (Map). Utah Transit Authority. Dec 2012. Retrieved 1 Mar 2013. 
  8. ^ TRAX Map (Map). Utah Transit Authority. Dec 2012. Retrieved 1 Mar 2013. 
  9. ^ TRAX Map: Blue Line (Map). Utah Transit Authority. Dec 2012. Retrieved 1 Mar 2013. 
  10. ^ TRAX Map: Red Line (Map). Utah Transit Authority. Dec 2012. Retrieved 1 Mar 2013. 
  11. ^ TRAX Map: Green Line (Map). Utah Transit Authority. Dec 2012. Retrieved 1 Mar 2013. 
  12. ^ Salt Lake Bees (7 Apr 2009). "Home of the Bees Renamed: Spring Mobile Ballpark". Minor League Baseball. Retrieved 10 Aug 2009. 
  13. ^ "Parcel 15124770260000". Salt Lake County assessors office. 22 May 2009. Retrieved 9 Aug 2009. 
  14. ^ Google (7 Aug 2009). "Overhead view of 1300 South TRAX Station" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 7 Aug 2009. 
  15. ^ "UTA Offers Free Multi-Day Parking". Utah Transit Authority. 26 Jun 2013. Retrieved 19 Jul 2013. 
  16. ^ "Fixed Route Accessibility". Utah Transit Authority. Retrieved 13 Mar 2013. 
  17. ^ "Rider Rules". Utah Transit Authority. Retrieved 12 Mar 2013. 
  18. ^ Van Eyck, Zack (19 Nov 1997). "TRAX sites likely to turn pedestrians into VIPs". Deseret News. Salt Lake City: Deseret Digital Media. Retrieved 28 Feb 2013. 
  19. ^ Edwards, Alan (2 August 2000). "Good graffiti". Deseret News. Salt Lake City: Deseret Digital Media. Retrieved 28 Feb 2013. 
  20. ^ Culler, Leah L. (17 Feb 2002). "Demand is heavy for TRAX, buses". Deseret News. Salt Lake City: Deseret Digital Media. Retrieved 28 Feb 2013. 
  21. ^ Reavy, Pat (15 Mar 2004). "Car thieves prowling TRAX parking lots". Deseret News. Salt Lake City: Deseret Digital Media. Retrieved 28 Feb 2013. 
  22. ^ Warburton, Nicole (1 Nov 2006). "Huntsman joins backers of hiking the sales tax for transport". Deseret News. Salt Lake City: Deseret Digital Media. Retrieved 28 Feb 2013. 
  23. ^ Daley, John (31 Oct 2006). "Governor Puts in Plug for Proposition 3". ksl.com. Salt Lake City: Deseret Digital Media. Retrieved 28 Feb 2013. 
  24. ^ "Utah Transit Authority Light Rail Design Criteria" (PDF). Utah Transit Authority. Nov 2007. p. 21 (3.3.1.1). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-18. Retrieved 27 Apr 2013. 
  25. ^ Van Eyck, Zack (19 Aug 1998). "TRAX stops will be artistic, distinctive". Deseret News. Salt Lake City: Deseret Digital Media. Retrieved 28 Feb 2013. 
  26. ^ Villaseñor, María (18 Aug 2009). "Car-sharing program launched in Utah". Salt Lake Tribune. Salt Lake City: MediaNews Group. Retrieved 28 Feb 2013. 
  27. ^ "UTA Rideshare — Programs > Bicycle". Utah Transit Authority. Retrieved 13 Feb 2013. 
  28. ^ "Riding UTA — UTA Fares". Utah Transit Authority. Archived from the original on May 2, 2009. Retrieved 8 Aug 2009. 
  29. ^ Madsen, Cheryl (23 Aug 2008). "UTA ending token program". Deseret News. Salt Lake City: Deseret Digital Media. Retrieved 28 Feb 2013. 
  30. ^ a b c "TRAX" (PDF). Utah Transit Authority. 8 Dec 2013. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-11-25. Retrieved 13 Dec 2013. 

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