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Friday, October 03, 2008

LDS Conference Brings Crowds To Downtown Salt Lake City

Large crowds are expected in downtown Salt Lake City on Saturday and Sunday, as the LDS (Mormon) Church holds its Semi-Annual General Conference.

Public transportation services will operate at extra capacity to help shuttle people into and out of the city. Still, parking will be difficult to find and traffic will be heavy both days.

Meetings begin at 10 am and 2 pm both days. In addition, a session is scheduled for 6 pm Saturday night. Meetings are held in the Conference Center directly north of Temple Square. Most sessions can be heard live outside on the grounds at Temple Square.

Visitors are welcome to attend most sessions. Admittance to the Conference Center is by free ticket. Demand is heavy and tickets are usually gone weeks before the conference begins.

The Utah Transit Authority provides this information about public transportation

To accommodate the crowds heading downtown, UTA will operate additional TRAX vehicles service to increase capacity Thursday evening, Saturday and Sunday. FrontRunner Commuter Rail will NOT be in service on Sunday, October 5.

Saturday, October 4:
Both TRAX and FrontRunner will operate on its regular Saturday schedule with this additional service:

TRAX Light Rail: Extra northbound departures from Sandy at 8:16 a.m., 8:31 a.m., 8:46 a.m., 9:01 a.m., 11:46 a.m., 12:01 p.m., 12:46 p.m., 1:01 p.m., 3:46 p.m., 4:01 p.m., 4:46 p.m., and 5:01 p.m. Also, there will be at least two extra trains from the City Center station to Sandy following each session.

FrontRunner Commuter Rail: Extra southbound departures from Ogden on Saturday 7:53 a.m., 11:53 a.m., and 3:53 p.m.

Extra trains departing northbound from Salt Lake at 12:55 p.m., 4:44 p.m., and 8:55 p.m.

Sunday, October 5:
TRAX Light Rail:Extra northbound departures from Sandy at 7:34 a.m., 7:54 a.m., 8:14 a.m., 8:34 a.m., 12:14 p.m., 12:34 p.m., and 12:54 p.m. Also, there will be at least two extra trains from the City Center station to Sandy following each session.

FrontRunner Commuter Rail: There will be no service Sunday, Oct. 5.

TRAX service will run every 15 minutes, as scheduled, throughout the day on Saturday and every 20 minutes on Sunday. The City Center and Temple Square stations provide the closest access to the LDS Conference Center.

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