Woods Cross (UTA station)
|Utah Transit Authority (UTA)
FrontRunner commuter rail station
|Location||750 South 800 West
Woods Cross, Utah
Utah Transit Authority (UTA):
|Platforms||1 island platform|
|Connections||UTA inter-county and local bus|
|Opened||26 April 2008|
Woods Cross is a commuter rail station in Woods Cross, Utah, United States served by the FrontRunner, Utah Transit Authority's (UTA) commuter rail train that operates along the Wasatch Front with service from Pleasant View in northern Weber County through Ogden, Davis County, Salt Lake City, and Salt Lake County to Provo in central Utah County.
The station is located at 750 South 800 West on approximately 13.5 acres of land  and is easily accessed from I-15 by way of the 500 South (SR-68) interchange. (From the I-15/500 S interchange, turn south onto 700 West, which after a few blocks curves right, very briefly becoming 700 South, and then curves left and becomes 800 West.) Unlike nearly all other stations served by the FrontRunner, the station is located in a fairly residential area. However, major commercial and retail areas are located just across I-15 to the east in Bountiful and there is an oil refinery located to the northwest of the station on the far side of the tracks and 500 South.
The station has two Park and Ride lots with total of about free 230 parking spaces available.[Note 1] The primary parking lot is situated between the station platform and 800 West, while the secondary parking lot is very short walk north on the north side of 700 South. The Station is located within the Quiet Zone, so trains do not routinely sound their horns when approaching public crossings within this corridor. The station opened for service on 26 April 2008 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. 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. 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".
The inaugural FrontRunner train departed the station southbound at 11:30 am on 26 April 2008.
On 1 December 2011, service was to the station was suspended for most of the day due to severe damage cause by a major wind storm that passed through Davis County. Although the Woods Cross Station was not directly affected, damage to the Farmington Station was so extensive that a "bus bridge" was used to ferry passengers between the Layton and Salt Lake Central stations while repairs were made. Although full service resumed by 3:00 pm, repairs to the station took several more days to complete.
Woods Cross was formerly the first FrontRunner station north of Salt Lake Central. However, at the same time that FrontRunner South opened on 10 December 2012, a new infill station (North Temple Bridge/Guadalupe) also opened for service just north of Salt Lake Central.
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 Ogden 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.
On weekdays the first northbound FrontRunner train (to the Ogden Intermodal Transit Center) leaves the Woods Cross Station at about 4:45 am and the first southbound train (to the Provo Station) leaves at about 6:00 am. The last northbound and southbound trains both leave at 11:55 pm. However, the last southbound train only goes as far as the Salt Lake Central Station; the last train to the Provo Station leaves at 11:23 pm. The first, last, and only trains that go as far north as the Pleasant View Station leave at 5:44 pm and 6:44 pm.[Note 2]
On Saturdays the first northbound train leaves at about 7:15 am and the first southbound train leaves at about 9:00 am. The last northbound train leaves at 12:14 am (early Sunday morning) and the last southbound train leaves at 1:53 am (early Sunday morning). However, the last southbound train only goes as far as the Salt Lake Intermodal Hub; the last train to the Provo Station leaves at 11:53 pm.[Note 2]
Bus routes are current as of Change Day, 8 December 2013.
- UTA Route 460 - Woods Cross (Woods Cross - North Salt Lake - Downtown Salt Lake City)
- UTA Route 461 - North Salt Lake (Woods Cross Station - Bountiful, including Lakeview Hospital - North Salt Lake - Downtown Salt Lake City, including State Capitol)
- UTA Route 463 - West Bountiful (West Bountiful - Woods Cross - North Salt Lake - Downtown Salt Lake City)
- 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. Woods Cross Station's lot is specifically included in this test program. 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.
- Train schedule is current as of Change Day, 8 December 2013
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- "High winds cause property damage, power outages in northern Utah". ksl.com. Salt Lake City: Deseret Digital Media. 1 Dec 2011. Retrieved 15 Mar 2014.
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