There are many Utahns, probably hundreds of thousands of them, who remember when Draper was a sleepy farming community. No more. Today it is a busy suburb, and you need no more proof of that than this: It is getting its own TRAX extension. Getting TRAX service is becoming a community rite of passage in Salt Lake County.
Something similar can be said about West Valley City and West Jordan, which earlier this year joined the TRAX system with the Mid-Jordan and West Valley lines, also known as the Red and Green lines.
All of which is a roundabout way of celebrating the Utah Transit Authority's extraordinary railroad building program. If the private automobile isolates people and enables urban sprawl, light-rail trains pull them back together. Riding a train is, after all, a shared experience. TRAX is a community effort.