UTA plans shuttle service to ski areas

Dec 5 2012 - 10:48am

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OGDEN -- Ogden ski bums now have a new way to get to the mountain.

On Tuesday, the Ogden City Council adopted a resolution approving an interlocal agreement among Ogden City, Weber County and the Utah Transit Authority to offer seasonal bus shuttle service to Snowbasin and Powder Mountain resorts.

The service is planned to begin Dec. 14 with a free ride day.

Service will originate from the Ogden Intermodal Transit Center, 2393 Wall Ave., and departs as early as 7:55 a.m.

Service will leave the mountains as late as 4:30 p.m. for Snowbasin and 9:36 p.m. for Powder Mountain.

Route connections in Weber County can be made at several locations. Riders should consult the official schedule at www.rideuta.com for specific weekday, weekend and holiday schedules.

The fare for the service is $4.25 each way.

Ogden Mayor Mike Caldwell said the service will be an opportunity for riders to save on gas money, escape winter driving conditions and avoid possible congestion in the canyon due to the water pipeline construction project.

"This service highlights the accessibility of our resorts from downtown Ogden," Caldwell said. "It's an extremely inexpensive and convenient way to get out and play in our amazing backyard."

The service will cost a total of $190,000, with Ogden City covering $65,000 of that total and Weber County covering the remaining $125,000.

The county's total includes $20,000 from Snowbasin and $25,000 from Powder Mountain.

UTA provides the buses and pays for overhead costs.

The agreement will go before UTA's Finance and Operations Committee today and is expected to be passed by the regular UTA board later this month.

UTA spokesman Gerry Carpenter said that right now, the service is only a pilot program and the interlocal agreement is set to expire April 6.

Carpenter said when the ski season is over, UTA will evaluate the service's performance and then make a decision about the service's future and how it will continue to be funded.

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