When electronic signs at TRAX stations were new, they displayed when the next trains would arrive. But they quit working, and have been little more than digital clocks amid such problems as not being able to obtain replacement parts.
So the Utah Transit Authority is in the process of replacing those signs throughout its TRAX system as it prepares to open some new TRAX routes. The cost for the signs is estimated at $3.5 million.
"The old signs had reached the end of their life cycle. We couldn't get replacement parts. Support was not available. Some of the [companies] that built the original system had gone out of business," said UTA spokesman Gerry Carpenter.