We're pleased that a new bus route between the Ogden Transit Center and Weber State University will begin operation on Aug. 26. The weekday fast-bus service will serve its purpose, making sure that students and others whose lives include time at the university are better served.
The fast service runs while school is in session. It provides another opportunity to link the university to the rest of Ogden, and helps with the goal of associating all of Ogden with the university. With the strong possibility that efforts to place rail between downtown Ogden and the university will prove too expensive, it's a good idea to use a fast bus to connect the university with the downtown area.
According to the Utah Transit Authority, the new route will reduce overcrowding on other bus routes and allow students to reach the campus 10 minutes sooner than they would on other local buses. As reported in the Standard-Examiner, "From the transit center, the route heads south on Wall Avenue to 28th Street, then east to Washington Boulevard, east along 30th Street, and south on Harrison Boulevard until hitting 36th Street and proceeding east, then winding back west through the campus."
Some residents have decried the fast-bus expansion, concerned there are already too many buses in the neighborhood. One resident described all the buses as "overkill." Another complained that the buses wake up residents in the morning. Not in my backyard sentiments are not uncommon in these types of situations, but it's not a reason to halt the new bus service, which is needed.
It's not unreasonable to assume that in neighborhoods close to a major university, there are going to be a lot of buses providing service for the city and university. Also, the expansion of the faster bus service can reduce the number of vehicles traveling through these neighborhoods.
We urge those who have frequent business at Weber State University to take advantage of the new service.