Pleasant View station

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Pleasant View
Utah Transit Authority (UTA)
FrontRunner commuter rail station
Location2700 North US Highway 89
Pleasant View, Utah[1]
 United States
Coordinates41°18′27″N 112°00′38″W / 41.30750°N 112.01056°W / 41.30750; -112.01056Coordinates: 41°18′27″N 112°00′38″W / 41.30750°N 112.01056°W / 41.30750; -112.01056
Owned byUTA
Line(s)Utah Transit Authority (UTA)
Platforms1 side platform
Tracks1
ConnectionsUTA local and intra-county bus
Construction
Structure typeAt-grade
ParkingAbout 300
Disabled accessYes
History
OpenedSeptember 29, 2008
ClosedAugust 12, 2018
Services
Preceding station   Utah Transit Authority   Following station
  Former services  
TerminusFrontRunner
toward Provo

Pleasant View is a former commuter rail station in Pleasant View, Utah, United States formerly served by the FrontRunner, Utah Transit Authority's (UTA) commuter rail train that operates along the Wasatch Front with service from Ogden in central Weber County through Davis County, Salt Lake City, and Salt Lake County to Provo in central Utah County.

UTA had announced that FrontRunner service to and from the Pleasant View station was to be suspended indefinitely on August 12, 2018. This is because of the cost of implementing federally mandated positive train control for the section of track north of Ogden, which UTA shares with the Union Pacific Railroad.[2]

Description[edit]

The station is located at 2700 North US Highway 89 (US-89) and can be easily accessed from either 2700 North or US-89. There are about 300 parking spaces in its free Park and Ride lot.[Note 1] The station is located within the Quiet Zone, so trains do not routinely sound their horns when approaching public crossings within this corridor.[4] The station is operated by 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.[5] Since not all the FrontRunner passenger cars are wheelchair accessible, signage at the stations, on the passenger platforms, and on the passenger cars clearly indicate accessibility options. In addition, each train has one or more Train Hosts available to provide assistance as may be needed, including the placement of ramps for wheelchair boarding.[6] 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".[7]

The FrontRunner provides limited service to and from Pleasant View Station. While nearly all trains originate or terminate in Ogden each weekday there is service to Pleasant View with two trains picking up passengers in the morning and two more dropping off and picking up passengers in the evening for the commute with no transfer between trains required at the Ogden Intermodal Transit Center (as was sometimes the case in the past).[8][9] To supplement this service there is also a UTA bus route that provides more frequent service to Ogden Intermodal Transit Center. The UTA bus connection runs hourly for the morning and evening commute, with no mid-day service.[10] While the FrontRunner does run on Saturdays, there are currently no plans for weekend service to the station by either FrontRunner or UTA bus service.

One major reason the station does not have as much service as Ogden and points south is that the FrontRunner trains must share trackage with Union Pacific Railroad freights. Between Ogden and Provo, the FrontRunner has its own dedicated trackage separate from (but parallel to) the Union Pacific tracks.[11] UTA originally planned to open the station along with the rest of the original start of the FrontRunner service in April 2008, but necessary improvements to the shared stretch of track owned by Union Pacific were delayed when railroad workers were diverted to repair tracks damaged by a landslide near Oakridge, Oregon.[12] The station finally opened for service on September 29, 2009. Originally, only two trains serviced each weekday for the morning and evening commutes. However, service was eventually increased to six trains daily before was the FrontRunner service was temporarily discontinued on September 6, 2011.[13] Limited service was restored on December 10, 2012.

Future extension[edit]

While Pleasant View is currently the northern most station for the FrontRunner, in the coming decades service is planned to extend further north to Brigham City.[14]

FrontRunner[edit]

On weekdays the FrontRunner has about twenty-three round trips between Ogden and Provo (through Salt Lake City) and about five more round trips between Odgen and Downtown Salt Lake City. On Saturdays there are only nineteen round trips between Ogden and Provo. Trains run hourly from about 4:30 am to just after midnight on weekdays (with additional half-hour runs for the morning and evening commutes). Saturdays have hourly runs from about 6:00 am to 2:30 am Sunday morning. As of August 2013 the FrontRunner does not run on Sundays or holidays. Each weekday, service is extended to Pleasant View Station with two trains picking up (no dropping off) passengers early in the morning and two more trains picking up and dropping off passengers in the evening.[8]

Train schedule[edit]

On weekdays the FrontRunner trains (southbound) to the Provo Station leave the Pleasant View Station at 4:54 am and 5:54 am and (southbound) to the Salt Lake Central Station at 6:54 pm and 7:54 pm, with the latter being the last train to leave the station. Northbound trains arrive at the Pleasant View Station (from the Provo Station) at 6:39 pm and 7:39 pm. There is no Saturday service. As of December 2013, these four trains constitute the only rail service to the Pleasant View Station.[8] While there is very limited rail service to the Pleasant View Station, there is somewhat regular bus service connecting with the Ogden Intermodal Transit Center, which has regular FrontRunner service.[Note 2]

Bus connections[edit]

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

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Recently UTA announced that beginning July 1, 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. Pleasant View Station's lot is specifically included in this test program.[3] 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.
  2. ^ Train schedule is current as of Change Day, December 8, 2013

References[edit]

  1. ^ TRAX & FrontRunner Map (PDF) (Map). Utah Transit Authority. Archived from the original (JPEG) on October 20, 2012. Retrieved November 19, 2012.
  2. ^ "UTA Implements Positive Train Control". rideuta.com. Utah Transit Authority. March 14, 2018. Retrieved April 30, 2018.
  3. ^ "UTA Offers Free Multi-Day Parking". Utah Transit Authority. June 26, 2013. Retrieved July 19, 2013.
  4. ^ "Front Runner South FAQs". Utah Transit Authority. Retrieved November 19, 2012.
  5. ^ "Fixed Route Accessibility". Utah Transit Authority. Retrieved March 13, 2013.
  6. ^ "Riders with Disabilities". Utah Transit Authority. Retrieved March 17, 2013.
  7. ^ "Rider Rules". Utah Transit Authority. Retrieved March 12, 2013.
  8. ^ a b c "FrontRunner" (PDF). Utah Transit Authority. December 8, 2013. Archived from the original (PDF) on December 28, 2013. Retrieved December 12, 2013.
  9. ^ "FrontRunner will increase its service to Pleasant View". Deseret News. Salt Lake City. Associated Press. Retrieved March 3, 2013.
  10. ^ "North Weber FrontRunner Shuttle 616" (PDF). Utah Transit Authority. Feb 2013. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 8, 2013. Retrieved July 28, 2013.
  11. ^ Clifford, Doug; Allegra, Michael (July 28, 2011). "Planning for the future: FrontRunner to Pleasant View". Standard-Examiner. Ogden, Utah: Sandusky Newspapers. Retrieved March 3, 2013.
  12. ^ "FrontRunner forced to delay Pleasant View terminal for months". Salt Lake City: KSL.com. Associated Press. April 13, 2008. Retrieved November 19, 2012.
  13. ^ Shaw, Mitch (September 29, 2011). "UTA: More bus riders in Pleasant View after FrontRunner service cuts". Standard-Examiner. Ogden, Utah: Sandusky Newspapers. Retrieved July 28, 2013.
  14. ^ Stryker, Ace (January 14, 2009). "Utah County FrontRunner expansion on track". Daily Herald. Provo, Utah. Retrieved November 18, 2012.

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