Wednesday , June 20, 2018 - 5:00 AM
Editor’s note: John Gleason’s name was misspelled in an earlier version of this story. We apologize for the error.
HILL AIR FORCE BASE — With nearly 500,000 people expected to descend on Hill Air Force Base this weekend for the Warriors Over the Wasatch air show, officials are urging travelers to leave their cars at home and use public transportation.
Gates for the open house and air show open at 8 a.m. Saturday, June 23, and Sunday, June 24, while the show is expected to begin at 10 a.m. Admission and parking are free, but parking spots are limited at the base. Parking usually fills up by noon, said base spokesman Micah Garbarino.
“You need to get there super early. A lot of people will try to come for the afternoon, but the gates are usually shut down by then,” he said. “Come early and plan to stay for the day.”
The base’s south gate will be shut down during the air show, so those traveling by car should enter via the Roy gate (Interstate 15 Exit 338) or the west gate (Exit 335). Utah Department of Transportation spokesman John Gleason said UDOT will provide more green light time on the main routes in and out of the base — 5600 South and 650 North — and that drivers should stick to the main roads as often as possible.
UDOT will have incident management teams in the area to address any crashes or issues that may crop up on the interstate during heavy traffic periods. Gleason said drivers should plan ahead and check the UDOT traffic website for updated information before heading out the door.
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However, Garbarino said show organizers are strongly encouraging spectators to use the Utah Transit Authority’s services to get to the base. The FrontRunner commuter train will run on both Saturday and Sunday with trains running every 30 minutes. Trains will run between 6:55 a.m. and 5:45 p.m. Sunday.
This is only the second time that Frontrunner has operated on Sundays, according to UTA spokesman Carl Arky. For the 2016 air show, 16,507 people used the train.
Ogden’s bus division carried more than 19,000 riders, Arky said, and they expect to see increased ridership this year.
Spectators can take the FrontRunner to the Clearfield station and then take a shuttle to the base. A $5 round-trip ticket for the air show can be purchased on the UTA Go Ride app. Up to 10 tickets can be bought at a time on the app, which is available for both Apple and Android phones. The tickets can be activated starting at 3 a.m. on Saturday and will stay active for 24 hours.
A $15 group pass for up to four people can also be purchased at ticket vending machines, online, or in advance at UTA customer service centers. Both fares allow for travel on FrontRunner, TRAX, Streetcar and local bus.
Shuttles will run every 15-20 minutes from the Clearfield station straight to flight line, Garbarino said. Shuttles will also run from overflow parking lots at Weber State University’s Davis campus at 2750 University Park Blvd. in Layton and Northridge High School at 2430 N. Hill Field Road in Layton.
“At the end of the day, everybody will be waiting for buses or waiting in traffic,” Garbarino said. “We’re really encouraging people to get that UTA Go Ride app.”
For more information or for the full weekend UTA service schedule, visit rideuta.com/Rider-Info/2018-Hill-Air-Force-Base-Air-Show.
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