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Conference visitors have many viewing, travel options

Published October 2, 2012 12:01 pm

UTA to provide additional TRAX service for conference.
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Plenty of travel and viewing options are available to help ease crowding for the tens of thousands gathering for LDS General Conference.

General sessions are scheduled for 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the LDS Conference Center in downtown Salt Lake City on Saturday and Sunday. A session for the church's male priesthood holders is scheduled for Saturday at 6 p.m.

Attendance is by ticket. However, a standby line admits some to unused spaces.

General sessions are scheduled to be broadcast on KSL-TV and radio, and on cable's BYU-TV. On the Internet, live video and audio are available in many languages at conference.lds.org and mormonchannel.org.

The Utah Transit Authority is providing additional TRAX service for the conference.

"We will run extra Blue line TRAX trains before each session of conference leaving Sandy Civic Center for downtown," UTA spokesman Gerry Carpenter said. "We will also run extra Blue line trains to Sandy immediately following each conference session. All trains will run with extra cars as well to accommodate demand."

He said UTA will not offer any extra bus or FrontRunner commuter rail service on Saturday. They will run their regular schedules. No FrontRunner service is offered on Sundays.

Carpenter urges TRAX passengers to buy round-trip tickets to avoid lines at ticket machines on their return trips. UTA also offers a group pass that allows up to four people to ride round trip for $14 on TRAX and buses.

For those who are driving, parking for a fee is available at a number of downtown private garages.

Public parking is not available at the Conference Center lot. Conference attendees are warned to avoid parking in front of homes in downtown residential areas. Cars parked on neighborhood streets may be ticketed or towed at the owner's expense.

Disability parking is located at the West Temple lot just north of North Temple, the entrance to which is accessible when traveling south on West Temple.