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Date: 12/10/12 00:39
FrontRunner South Grand Opening - w/video
Author: F40PHR231

As covered earlier by James, here's my take of FrontRunner South grand opening-- Trains ran every half-hour from 10am to 10pm, with a couple more apparently squeezing in to take on more of the crowd since lines to board in Provo grew to be a 2+ hour wait. All-in-all, with exception to a couple glitches, everything ran smoothly.

First the photos:

1) A southbound departing from Lehi Station.

2) Keeping warm at American Fork Station.

3) Salt Lake Central Station.



Edited 4 time(s). Last edit at 12/10/12 01:05 by F40PHR231.








Date: 12/10/12 00:41
Re: FrontRunner South Grand Opening
Author: F40PHR231

And here's the video, which is a short little music video of opening day. The extended version's posted at youtube/f40phr231

A little over half-way through the video you'll see the crazy 2+ hour-long line at Provo!



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 12/10/12 01:54 by F40PHR231.

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Date: 12/10/12 05:58
Re: FrontRunner South Grand Opening
Author: joemvcnj

Goes to show that public transit is not a left & right-winged issue, at least not in Utah.
Seveal NJT cars still going strong at 42 years of age.



Date: 12/10/12 06:49
Re: FrontRunner South Grand Opening
Author: korotaj

What are the ridership figures on regular days? Keep us posted. Thanks for the good pictures.



Date: 12/10/12 07:07
Re: FrontRunner South Grand Opening
Author: Ptolemy

joemvcnj Wrote:
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> Goes to show that public transit is not a left &
> right-winged issue, at least not in Utah.
> Seveal NJT cars still going strong at 42 years of
> age.

More accurate to say that it is accepted from center-right to the left. The far right is still unreconciled.



Date: 12/10/12 08:44
Re: FrontRunner South Grand Opening
Author: goneon66

great video. thanks..........

66



Date: 12/10/12 11:53
Re: FrontRunner South Grand Opening
Author: Macster

What a fantastic video, Chris!

Did you shoot it on a GoPro Wide?



Date: 12/10/12 12:42
Re: FrontRunner South Grand Opening
Author: F40PHR231

GoPro Hero 2 and Nikon P7000.



Date: 12/10/12 13:23
Re: FrontRunner South Grand Opening
Author: Abqfoamer

Nice, comprehensive video.
Glad public is really responding.

Noticed that: FR Bombardier cars have no convenient overhead parcel shelves.
Their Comets and NM Rail Runners do.
IIRC, Northstar also runs shelf-less cars. One advantage--no head bumping.

Platform benches are glass-enclosed, per Utah weather?

Overall, FR looks like a well-built, well-run operation. Best of luck.



Date: 12/10/12 16:23
Re: FrontRunner South Grand Opening
Author: Cumbresfan

Chris,

Thanks for the great video; the alternative link was necessary for me. Trainorders videos cause my computer to skip or freeze up whereas those at "the other site" have a "change quality" setting that allows smooth playing of videos on older computers. Wish TO videos had that feature - not all of us have "warp speed" chips.

Changing the subject, do you know how long before the light rail line to the airport will be completed?

(p.s. great music, there too!)



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Date: 12/10/12 16:51
Re: FrontRunner South Grand Opening
Author: F40PHR231

The version on TO was trimmed with basic scenes to keep it under the 6-minute and 410mb limit. I figured it was good enough here whereas the long multi-song version with extra scenes was appropriate for YT.

Airport line opens in April, and Draper line opens early summer.



Date: 12/11/12 04:25
Re: FrontRunner South Grand Opening
Author: lizzard_45

Cumbresfan Wrote:
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> Chris,
>
>>
> Changing the subject, do you know how long before
> the light rail line to the airport will be
> completed?
>
> (p.s. great music, there too!)


The TRAX line to the Air Port is complete. They are currently training their operators on the line. Opening 17 APril 2013.

Paul Liddiard
Spanish Fork, UT



Date: 12/11/12 05:29
Re: FrontRunner South Grand Opening
Author: kd0086

Excellent video Chris and the music made it even better.



Date: 12/11/12 16:07
Re: FrontRunner South Grand Opening
Author: fredkharrison

Very nicely done!

We haven't even had a frosty morning yet in the Rogue Valley, with many of the flowers in the garden going into second and third bloom cycles. At least you are not being denied winter.

One concern I have is the narrow width on the passenger platform in front of the station. It is only a matter of time before someone gets knocked into an oncoming.

Posted from Android

Fred Harrison
Central Point, OR
CORPpower/JSS/EORS



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Date: 12/11/12 16:50
Re: FrontRunner South Grand Opening
Author: chichi41

Excuse me for being the lone dissenter here. The video started and ended very nicely. However, all the ‘fisheye’ stuff just left me cold as did the music. I’m not an old grouch but this type of video just isn’t my “cup of tea”.
It’s nicely done but……….
Ron W



Date: 12/11/12 17:03
Re: FrontRunner South Grand Opening
Author: Phil1

I lived in the "Avenues" in Salt Lake in 1978-81while doing my doctoral work there and of all of the states in which I would least expect to see commuter rail running would be Utah. I am very pleased to see Front Runner up and going as acceptance of much needed commuter rail has crossed party lines finally. Also I was impressed by the variation in video technique used to show these trains pulling in and out and on the move. The soundtrack was as modern as these new trains and added to the video albeit not your usual railfan format. Thanks

Phil Blommendahl
Getzville, NY



Date: 12/11/12 18:03
Re: FrontRunner South Grand Opening
Author: F40PHR231

chichi41 Wrote:
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> Excuse me for being the lone dissenter here. The
> video started and ended very nicely. However, all
> the ‘fisheye’ stuff just left me cold as did
> the music. I’m not an old grouch but this type
> of video just isn’t my “cup of tea”.
> It’s nicely done but……….


Producing a cinematic production was the least of my concerns, because I was using a compact GoPro Hero camera and just enjoyed the event. However, I'll be happy to put together a FrontRunner video tailored to your preferences provided that you pay for equipment and labor up front. ;)



Date: 12/12/12 06:32
Re: FrontRunner South Grand Opening
Author: chichi41

Did NOT intend to offend you - sorry if I did, I apologize.
I was just expressing my thoughts.
Obama is the 'go to' guy if your looking for something
at no cost to you!
Ron W



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 12/12/12 07:35 by chichi41.



Date: 12/12/12 11:13
Re: FrontRunner South Grand Opening
Author: F40PHR231

chichi41 Wrote:
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> Obama is the 'go to' guy if your looking for
> something
> at no cost to you!


No offense taken, just simply responded. I do fail to see how your comment about Obama has to do with this because I didn't ask for a free handout-- I simply stated that I would produce a product, such as a video tailored to your interest/preference, for a profit. That's good ol' capitalism right there.



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