Pesky FrontRunner delays due to ‘mechanical issues,’ but repairs made

For much of this week, FrontRunner commuter trains experienced periodic delays blamed by Utah Transit Authority primarily on “mechanical issues.”

By late Friday morning, however, maintenance crews completed their work, which had unexpectedly extended into the morning’s peak commute period.

“Crews were working during non-service hours to repair and replace components of the FrontRunner system and did not finish before the morning commute began,” UTA spokesman Remi Barron explained. “[But] the work is now complete and trains are returning to a normal schedule.”

FrontRunner, which boasts an annual ridership of more than 4.6 million, according to the American Public Transportation Association, serves the Wasatch Front over nearly 90 miles of rail stretching from Pleasant View south through Ogden, Salt Lake City and Provo.

Wednesday morning it was rain-laden thunderstorms that initially slowed FrontRunner between its Draper and Lehi stops, resulting in delays up to half an hour.

Thursday found UTA tweeting about numerous delays in the 10-15 minute range, and by afternoon the delays were averaging 20 minutes and blamed on “continuing mechanical issues.”

Then at 8:20 a.m. Friday, UTA declared maintenance work completed with the trains back on time.

Barron said the nature of the repairs and equipment replacements included multiple electrical and computer components throughout “a complicated system.”

“The work should be all done [now],” he added.

from The Salt Lake Tribune


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