Extra-cold weather has led to a high number of rush-hour delays on TRAX and FrontRunner trains this month forcing the Utah Transit Authority to take steps against winter weather not normally needed until January or February.
UTA has had issues with frozen switches, doors, car couplers and arms on TRAX trains that reach up to overhead wires and is now taking extra steps to heat them. But road traffic accidents made matters worse with cars sliding into each other at rail crossings, or sliding onto rail medians and high centering to block trains, said UTA spokesman Remi Barron.
On Wednesday, delays even came when a stolen U-Haul truck stalled and then was abandoned on a TRAX crossing, Barron said. "It's been a bad mix over the past few days."