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Salt Lake City Intermodal Hub
Salt Lake City Intermodal Hub - February 2011.jpg
The Intermodal Hub looking north along 600 West
Location600 West at 300 South
Salt Lake City, Utah
United States
Coordinates40°45′46″N 111°54′30″W / 40.76278°N 111.90833°W / 40.76278; -111.90833Coordinates: 40°45′46″N 111°54′30″W / 40.76278°N 111.90833°W / 40.76278; -111.90833
Owned byUTA[1]
Platforms1 island platform (Amtrak)
1 island and 1 side (FrontRunner)
1 island and 1 side (TRAX)
Tracks2 - Amtrak
2 - FrontRunner
2 - TRAX
ConnectionsBus transport UTA: 2, 2X, 3, 6, 11, 200, 205, 209, 220, 228, 509, 513, 516, 519, 520, 902

Greyhound Lines[2]
PC-SLC Connect
Uhaul Car Share

California Zephyr
Bicycle facilitiesBicycle Transit Center (BTC)
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Station codeSLC (Amtrak)
SLB (Thruway Motorcoach)
Fare zoneFree Fare Zone (UTA buses and TRAX only)[3]
OpenedAugust 5, 1999 (Amtrak)[4]
July 26, 2005 (Greyhound)[5]
April 27, 2008 (UTA [TRAX & FrontRunner])[6]
September 25, 2010 (BTC)
Passengers (2016)41,108[7]Increase 10.2% (Amtrak)
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak   Following station
toward Emeryville
California Zephyr
toward Chicago
Utah Transit Authority
toward Ogden
toward Provo
TerminusBlue Line
  Former services  
Utah Transit Authority
TerminusGreen Line
University Line
Salt Lake City Intermodal Hub is located in Utah
Salt Lake City Intermodal Hub
Salt Lake City Intermodal Hub
Location within Utah

The Salt Lake City Intermodal Hub (also known as Salt Lake Central on Utah Transit Authority [UTA] routes and SLC by Amtrak) is a multi-modal transportation hub in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States served by the Blue Line of UTA's TRAX light rail system that operates in Salt Lake County and by the FrontRunner, UTA's 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. Service at the intermodal hub is also provided by Amtrak (with the California Zephyr), Greyhound Lines, and U Car Share, as well as UTA local bus service.


The Salt Lake Intermodal Hub has several official addresses, depending on the service provider:

  • 250 South 600 West - FrontRunner commuter rail[8]
  • 300 South 600 West - Greyhound Lines (intercity bus service)[2]
  • 325 South 600 West - TRAX light rail[9]
  • 340 South 600 West - Amtrak inter-city passenger rail[10]

However, passengers for all services at the intermodal hub can be dropped off in the cul-de-sac at the west end of 300 South off 600 West.

Site history[edit]

The site of the hub is the former location of the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad (D&RGW) in Salt Lake City. This location housed the maintenance buildings, a roundhouse, and freight houses for the railroad. It also included D&RGW's original passenger depot prior to the construction of the 1910 depot on Rio Grande Street. Until the 2010s, several large locomotive maintenance buildings remained on the west side of the railroad tracks.[11] This changed on October 22, 2018 when UTA broke ground on a new bus maintenance facility at the site. The construction of the facility will involve the demolition of most of the remaining D&RGW buildings, although the large circa 1900 boiler and engine shop will be rehabilitated and used as major part of the new bus facility.[12][13]

The main hub building, along 600 West, opened in 2005.[14] This building consists of a rehabilitated D&RGW freight house, with a modern round shaped addition on the south end. The freight house originally extended further north, but was cut in half during the construction of the hub. The southern half became the current hub building, while the northern half was meant for rehabilitation as well.[15] The northern half of the freight house was torn down in 2012.[16]

The railroad tracks at the western edge of the hub, originally built as the mainline of the D&RGW, now serve as the mainline for the Union Pacific Railroad. The FrontRunner line shares this rail corridor.


Utah Transit Authority (UTA)[edit]

Salt Lake Central is the name of UTA portion of the Salt Lake Intermodal Hub and that is the station name used on all route maps and schedules (bus, the FrontRunner, and TRAX).[8][9] The intermodal hub is in the Free Fare Zone of Downtown Salt Lake City which allows transportation patrons that both enter and exit bus or TRAX service within the Zone to ride fare free.[3] The intermodal hub is also located within the Quiet Zone, so all trains (including Amtrak's) do not routinely sound their horns when approaching public crossings within this corridor.[17][18] Unlike most FrontRunner and TRAX stations, there is only a small Park and Ride lot in close proximity to Salt Lake Central.[Note 1] UTA indicates that there is "limited parking" available.[8][9]

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.[20] Since not all 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 on FrontRunner trains.[21] Ramps on the passenger platform and assistance from the TRAX train operator may be necessary for wheelchair boarding on TRAX Blue Line (weekdays only). 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".[22]

Local bus[edit]

There are also multiple UTA Bus service routes that include Salt Lake Central as one of their stops. Local bus service is provided to all areas of Salt Lake City, as well as a few other cities within Salt Lake County. Additional service to Park City is provided through PC-SLC Connect. (See UTA bus connections below for more details.)


FrontRunner platforms

The FrontRunner has approximately 23 Ogden-Provo round trips via Salt Lake City with five additional round trips between Ogden and Downtown Salt Lake City. Saturdays consist of 19 Odgen-Provo round trips. Trains operate hourly between 4:30 am and midnight on weekdays (increasing to half-hour runs for morning and evening commutes). Saturdays consist of hourly runs between 6:00AM and 2:30AM As of August 2013 the FrontRunner does not operate on Sundays and holidays. Each weekday there is service to Pleasant View with two trains picking up passengers (no dropping off) in the morning and two more trains picking up and dropping off passengers in the evening for the commute.[23]


TRAX platforms

Service by TRAX and the FrontRunner commenced on April 27, 2008,[6] with the opening ceremony on April 26 at 12:30 pm. Salt Lake Central is the northern terminus of the TRAX Blue Line and the former northern terminus of the Green Line. There is not direct connection with the Red Line, nor the Green Line after December 8, 2012 following its reroute to the Salt Lake City International Airport). The Blue Line provides service to Draper in southern Salt Lake County as well as connections with the Green and Red lines (with the Red Line providing service between University of Utah and the Daybreak Community in South Jordan in southwest Salt Lake County and the Green Line providing service from West Valley City to the Salt Lake City International Airport (via Downtown Salt Lake City).


Amtrak Salt Lake station

The intermodal hub is served by the California Zephyr, which provides once-daily service to Emeryville, California (in the San Francisco Bay Area), to the west and Chicago, Illinois, to the east on Union Pacific trackage in both directions. (The next westbound stop is Elko, Nevada and the next eastbound stop is Provo.)[24] Amtrak's official listings (for train service) refer to the intermodal hub as Salt Lake City, UT (SLC).[10] Amtrak was the first tenant of the intermodal hub, constructing a temporary "shack" in 1999 before the construction of the new station in partnership with UTA.[4] In addition to the California Zephyr, Amtrak offers its Thruway Motorcoach connections with service to Boise, Idaho (including stops in Odgen and Twin Falls) and to Las Vegas, Nevada (including stops in Provo and St, George.) Service for both Amtrak Thruway Motorcoach routes is provided by Greyhound Lines.)[25] Amtrak's official listings (for bus service) refer to the intermodal hub as Salt Lake City, UT - Bus Station (SLB).[26]

Intercity bus[edit]

Greyhound Lines, in conjunction with its associate company, Greyhound Canada, provide bus service to points all across the United States and Canada. Some of its routes are operated in partnership with Amtrak's Thruway Motorcoach.

Other bus companies that serve the hub include Salt Lake Express[27] and Mountain States Express.[28]

U-Haul Car Share[edit]

U-Haul Car Share is a for-profit carsharing service by U-Haul which launched in August 2009. Members of U-Haul Car Share can rent cars by the hour (plus mileage). Reservations are made online and a code is given to unlock the vehicle. The keys are tethered in the vehicle. The vehicle is returned to the same location where it was picked up.[29]

Bicycle Transit Center[edit]

The Bicycle Transit Center (BTC) in located within the main intermodal hub building and is operated by UTA and Canyon Sports,[30] but is a joint effort by UTA, Salt Lake City, and the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT). The BTC provide secure, temperature controlled bicycle storage and a full service repair.[31] In addition it offers bicycle rentals and shower facilities (for BTC members only).[31][32] Memberships are available in daily, monthly, and yearly plans.[31] The BTC opened September 25, 2010 and the majority cost of operations for the BTC for its initial five years have been funded through grants.[30]


Greenbike[Note 2] is a bicycle sharing system (differentiated from bicycle rental)[34] within Downtown Salt Lake City operated by SLC Bike Share (affiliated with B-cycle). The Greenbike program is intended for short bicycle trips and allows members to pick up any of the available bicycles at any of the many docking stations and then drop it off at any docking station (does not have to be the same docking station where the bicycle was picked up). Greenbike offers 7-day and annual memberships, but 24-hour passes are also available for non-members. Greenbike members are allowed unlimited short trips, with a trip being defined as the time between when the bicycle is removed from a docking station and when it is returned to a docking station. However bicycles may be kept longer than 30 minutes between dockings for additional charges.[35] In addition, members can start a "new trip" immediately after returning the bicycle to any docking station.[33] The bicycles provided by Greenbike are equipped with GPS tracking system that records and provides the member with the miles ridden (and calories burned). Greenbike is seasonal and, depending on weather conditions, shuts down operations in November–December and starts up again in March–April.[33] Other Greenbike docking stations are located near the City Center TRAX, Gallivan Plaza, and Library stations.

Service history[edit]

Before moving to the intermodal hub in 1999, Amtrak trains provided service at the Union Pacific Depot at 400 West and South Temple, and in 1986 moved to the Rio Grande Depot at 300 South Rio Grande Street. Original plans did not have TRAX serving the intermodal hub, only Amtrak, Greyhound, the FrontRunner, and UTA buses.[36] However by 2004, UTA decided to extend TRAX to the intermodal hub.[37] By 2005, a three-station extension from Arena to the intermodal hub was decided on, and construction began in 2007.[38][39]

Future plans[edit]

Future expansion of the FrontRunner is anticipated to eventually include service north to Brigham City and south to Payson) and possibly Santaquin or maybe even Nephi.

There are ongoing studies regarding the feasibility of resuming Amtrak's Desert Wind and Pioneer routes.[40][41] However, most of the current focus regarding the Desert Wind route is between Los Angeles, California, and the Las Vegas Valley in Nevada. Also, of the four possible routes considered for the Pioneer, two of them run from Denver, Colorado, through southern Wyoming to Odgen, then north to Pocatello, Idaho, thereby entirely bypassing Salt Lake City.

Train schedules[edit]

UTA train schedules are current as of Change Day, December 8, 2013 and Amtrak train schedule is current as of July 15, 2013.


On weekdays the first southbound FrontRunner train (to the Provo Station) leaves the Salt Lake Central Station at about 5:15 am and the first northbound train (to the Ogden Intermodal Transit Center) leaves at about 5:45 am. The last northbound train leaves at 11:30 pm and the last southbound train leaves at 11:50 pm. There is also a northbound train arriving, but terminating, at the station as late as about 12:15 am (early the next morning). The first, last, and only trains that go as far north as the Pleasant View Station leave at 5:20 pm and 6:20 pm.

On Saturdays the first southbound train leaves at about 6:00 am and the first northbound train leaves at about 8:45 am. The last northbound train leaves at 2:20 am (early Sunday morning). However, this train only goes as far as the next station (the North Temple Bridge/Guadalupe Station). The last northbound train to the Ogden Intermodal Transit Center leaves at 11:50 pm. The last southbound train leaves at 12:11 am (early Sunday morning). There are also northbound trains arriving, but terminating, at the station as late as about 2:15 am (early Sunday morning).[23]

Blue Line[edit]

On weekdays the first (southbound) Blue Line train (to the Draper Town Center Station) leaves the Salt Lake Central Station at about 5:45 am. The last train leaves at 11:28 pm. However, the last train only goes as far south as the Fashion Place West Station. The last train to the Draper Town Center Station leaves at 10:43 pm.

On Saturdays the first train leaves at about 6:45 am and the last train leaves at 11:32 pm. However, the last train only goes as far south as the Central Pointe Station. The last train to the Draper Town Center Station leaves at 10:52 pm.

On Sundays the first train leaves at about 10:15 am and the last train leaves at 8:12 pm. However, the last train only goes as far as the Central Pointe Station. The last train to the Draper Town Center Station leaves at 7:52 pm.

Blue Line trains run every fifteen minutes on weekdays and every twenty minutes on weekends.[42]

California Zephyr[edit]

As of July 15, 2013, Amtrak's California Zephyr stops daily at the Salt Lake Intermodal Hub. Westbound trains (to Emeryville, California) arrive at 11:05 pm and depart at 11:30 pm. Eastbound trains (to Chicago, Illinois) arrive at 3:05 am and depart at 3:30 am.[24]


  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. Salt Lake Central Station's lot is specifically not included in this test program.[19] 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. ^ GREENbike is a collaborative program between the Salt Lake City Redevelopment Agency, the Salt Lake City Transportation Division, the Salt Lake Chamber, The Downtown Alliance, Select Health, Rio Tinto, Utah Transit Authority, and Visit Salt Lake).[33]


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