Are you safe on TRAX? How we compare to other light-rail systems

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SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 News) – Last night’s train derailing off a track in West Valley City feels like the latest in a long string of TRAX incidents, so we decided to take a look at the numbers and compare Salt Lake city with three others over a three year period. All data comes from the Federal Transit Administration‘s monthly report. 

Salt Lake City, 45 miles of track, 67,300 daily riders

  • 288 incidents 
  • 14 fatalities
  • 246 injuries

Sacramento,  42 miles of track, 38,900 daily riders

  • 137 incidents
  • 6 fatalities
  • 129 injuries

Minneapolis, 23 miles of track, 69,000 daily riders

  • 517 incidents
  • 9 fatalities
  • 588 injuries

Denver/Aurora, 87 miles, 86,900 daily riders

  • 555 incidents
  • 13 fatalities
  • 631 injuries

Carl Arky is a spokesperson for UTA, he said, “We are proud to be a very safe mode of transportation, but we know we have room to improve. Where there is so much interaction with the public, there will inevitably be accidents. We ask the public to please be cautious around our trains and please follow all traffic guidance.”

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