I rode the Frontrunner train to work today. I got to the Frontrunner station in Provo (700 South University, just before the bridge going north). I bought a round trip ticket. It cost me $10.20. The round ticket gives me the right to use all forms of transportation for the day. This includes Frontrunner, TRAX, and the bus system as part of the pass. The actual pass looks like a bigger movie ticket. Interestingly enough, nobody checked that I had actually purchased a ticket.
I went to http://www.rideuta.com to check out what the itinerary looked like. The instructions there were fairly clear. The routes were clearly marked with numbers and colors for TRAX routes. The bus routes were marked with route numbers and addresses. The one confusing thing is that the routes do not say if they are TRAX or Bus. I had to click on the link in the web page, and even going to the second page, it was not clear which one was what.
The train shook a lot less than I expected. The only part that had a lot of vibration was the segment between South Jordan and Murray stations. I rode on the second floor of the train car. I sat at one places that had a table. There were quite a few people with laptops. The free WiFi was actually pretty good. I was able to browse my email and websites on my Samsung Galaxy Note 2 without any issues at all. The cabin was a bit cold at foot level. Make sure to stay way from doors, until you get to your destination. When the door opened at Murray station, I got hit with a freezing blast of cold air. I imagine that it would be miserable for those seating by the doors.
The seats were not all that comfortable, but they were bearable for the time I was on the train. I felt that the seats were made with people smaller than me in mind. They were quite narrow. It felt like a coach seat in an airplane. There are pods of 4 seats, 2 facing the other seats. There were single seats in several nooks in the first floor of the car.
The driver announces the stop clearly. The stop names matched what was on the UTA's website. The northbound route on Frontrunner is called Route 750 FRONTRUNNER, Provo.
I got off the Murray station, right behind the IHC hospital campus. I walked towards the campus, and was quickly on the island for the TRAX tram. I figured that was where the TRAX station would be. Indeed it was. I needed to get on the Blue line going southbound. It was marked clearly on the end of the island's roof. There were large red and blue dots with the destination printed out. There was also a digital display showing when the next 3 trains would come by. It was extremely cold on that platform. I ended up zipping up my coat, putting on my hat and gloves.
The TRAX tram shoot violently at times. Reminded me a lot of metro cars I've ridden in the past. The ride to the Winchester St. stop took about 3 minutes. Nobody checked my that I had a ticket.
The announcement for the station that I needed to get off was rather confusing. It is a good thing that I know the landmarks around where I work. I heard "Fashion Place Stop". I was expecting Winchester Street.
The marked route on the itnerary was Route 701 BLUE LINE, MURRAY.
The buses where clearly marked and I was able to find it quickly when I got off the TRAX tram. The itinerary said that I needed to get on Route 209 EAST, Murray. There were three 209 buses. I got on and asked the driver if this one would stop by the Fashion Place Mall. He told me yes. A few seconds later, he told me that the bus behind him was leaving right now. He signaled the other bus (don't know how he did it), and the other bus stopped paralell to the one I was in. I got off, and onto that one. I was impressed with the bus driver. That's dang good service!
The driver on the new bus was extremely cheerful and helpful. He cracked me up! I had forgotten that there was a stop right in front of Fashion Place Mall. The driver asked me, worriedly, if I was getting off, and I told him that I was getting off the next one. He smiled, and we were on our way. We got to my stop, and I wished everybody a Merry Christmas.
I walked to my office, which was just about 3 to 4 minutes from the bus stop. The total time was around 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Now to see how the return trip goes this evening...