Passengers pack new rail line to Salt Lake airport

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    The Utah Transit Authority is moving thousands of passengers a day on a 6-mile light-rail line to Salt Lake City International Airport from the city's downtown, with ridership exceeding expectations, transit analysts said Friday.

    About 4,800 people a day boarded the line from the downtown station during the first week of operation starting April 15.

    The line is also tempting thieves who use it for getaways after stealing luggage from airport terminals.
    Two men have been arrested in the past week for baggage thefts, and authorities are stepping up security by randomly asking people hauling luggage to show proof of ownership, said Barbara Gann, a spokeswoman for the airport.

    "We're catching these thieves, and we anticipated this phenomenon," Gann said. "Other cities opening rail transit to airports have had the same experience."

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