OGDEN -- While study continues on a future transit system connecting the Utah Transit Authority Intermodal Hub and Weber State University, a new bus route figures to have a more immediate impact on shuttling students between the two locations.
Beginning Aug. 18, just in time for fall semester, WSU students will be able to reach the campus faster using the new Ogden Fast Bus service.
Route 650 will travel between the Ogden Transit Center and Weber State with minimal stops, reducing overcrowding on other bus routes and helping students reach campus 10 minutes faster than they would using local buses.
The new route to WSU begins at the transit hub and heads south on Wall Avenue, then east along 30th Street, and south on Harrison Boulevard until hitting the campus.
The route will run every 30 minutes during Weber State's fall and spring semesters, said UTA spokesman Remi Barron.
Earlier this spring, UTA and WSU officials met at the university to discuss options for improving transit service to the school.
The prevailing thought that came out of those discussions was to improve service that is already in place while work moves forward on a larger transit study that could result in a streetcar system between the transit hub, WSU and McKay-Dee Hospital.
That study is expected to begin this winter and will likely take about 18 months to complete.
UTA currently provides service between the transit hub and WSU with Route 603. The service runs seven days a week and travels mostly along 25th Street and Harrison Boulevard to reach WSU. However, there are four stops before the route even reaches the university.
Norm Tarbox, WSU's vice president for Administrative Services, said university officials are 100 percent behind a new, more direct route between the school and the transit hub.
Also, beginning Aug. 18, UTA will offer hourly FrontRunner service on Saturdays. FrontRunner Saturday departures will also be changed to match weekday times.