TRAX changes signs on northbound trains
The demise of the Delta Center - now the EnergySolutions Arena - caught the Utah Transit Authority by surprise, but by Tuesday morning the agency had adapted its TRAX trains to the new reality.
Headers on northbound TRAX cars have been changed to read "Salt Lake City" instead of Delta Center. The Delta Center station signs will stay the same until UTA comes up with the new name. The recorded voice announcing stations will change in a few weeks, pending a new script and taping.
Utah Jazz owner Larry Miller and EnergySolutions president Steve Creamer announced the arena's name change Monday.
Updates to the printed timetables and the Web site are still to come. UTA spokesman Justin Jones said he didn't know when the Delta Center station would be renamed, but said it wouldn't become the EnergySolutions stop. That's because the mass-transit agency's Board of Directors has decided not to use corporate names on stations any longer.
"Their desire is that we select a name that is beneficial and helpful to our passengers," Jones said.
The two most recently opened stations on the north-south TRAX line were named 900 South and Sandy Expo. "Delta Center was the only station named after a local company," Jones said.
UTA is bucking a trend. Other transit agencies sell naming rights, while UTA doesn't even allow advertising on platforms. "We want to keep them very clean and simple so the passengers are able to notice the safety information . . . and not be bombarded by advertising," Jones said.