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Service Redesign Proposed by Utah Transit Authority

The Utah Transit Authority is proposing a new approach to transit service design for the counties on the Wasatch Front, focusing changes on a "core route network" of frequent service.
November 20, 2020, 7am PST | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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The Utah Transit Authority (UTA) has revealed a new vision for bus and rail service for the next five years, focusing on a "core route network" of frequent service for the communities of the Wasatch Front.

Lee Davidson reports details and political background of the major service changes proposed by the UTA earlier this month, presented by UTA planners in context of the pandemic and a budgetary commitment to maintain service at 91 percent of pre-pandemic service levels.

UTA Planning Director Laura Hanson is quoted in the article discussing the need to stabilize the region's transit system. According to Hanson, the system's planners are being very cautious: "The worst thing possible would be to put service on the ground and then realize that we didn’t have the ability to keep it going."

The new five-year service design follows two years of public participation in the "Service Choices" outreach process.

According to Davidson, the key change is the plan's organizing principle around the network of high-frequency, core routes. Hanson is quoted in the article to explain:

“These are a series of routes that are frequent enough that you really don’t need a schedule,” Hanson said. “You know that if you’re on a core route, the bus or train will come within 15 minutes. It will run early in the morning, late at night, and seven days a week.”

A county-by-county list of proposed changes is included in the source article.

For more background on UTA's service design efforts, see an article published earlier in the month by Jasen Lee.

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Published on Thursday, November 12, 2020 in The Salt Lake Tribune
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