PROVO -- Nearly every mover and shaker between Salt Lake City and Provo poured out of UTA's No. 3 FrontRunner train at its final stop at the new Provo station at 690 S. University Ave. on Thursday.
Provo Mayor John Curtis recognized the various city representatives.
"As we say in Provo, 'welcome home,' " Curtis said.
Gov. Gary Herbert, who was a Utah County commissioner when the commuter rail was planned, said UTA's planning made this day happen two years earlier than planned and 10 percent under budget.
"This vision has saved us anguish and money," Herbert said. "This is a red letter day. This idea has been many years in the making."
Utah County Commissioner Larry Ellertson added, "This has been a true partnership. Years ago we planned a transportation program. Now we're seeing it all come to fruition."
Orem Mayor Jim Evans noted that FrontRunner will be a plus for current and potential commuter students at Utah Valley University.
"This is another great backbone for our area," he said.
Orem resident Monta Rae Jeppson was given an ovation for starting the Timpanogos Transit Authority several years ago. Her passion and goal was to have commuter rail service.
Residents can ride FrontRunner by donating canned goods on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. between Provo and Salt Lake City. The train will start its normal schedule on Monday.