OGDEN -- Ski bus service will be back in Ogden for a second straight year.
The Ogden City Council voted Tuesday night to approve an interlocal agreement among the city, Weber County and Utah Transit Authority that will provide seasonal bus shuttle service to Snowbasin and Powder Mountain resorts.
UTA's Finance and Operations Committee had previously approved the agreement in early August.
The service will originate from the Ogden Intermodal Transit Center, 2393 Wall Ave., and head east on 25th Street to Washington Boulevard, then north on 12th Street through the Ogden Canyon to the two resorts.
There are two different routes for the service -- one for Powder Mountain and one for Snowbasin -- and several stops will be made along the way.
The service will cost about $225,000, with Ogden city paying $65,000; Weber County paying $70,000; the Ogden/Weber Convention and Visitors Bureau paying $9,650; Powder Mountain chipping in $60,000; and Snowbasin paying $20,000.
Ogden Chief Administrative Officer Mark Johnson said the city's money is generated by already budgeted hotel tax.
UTA will provide the buses, operators and other supervisory and administrative personnel and will be responsible for all maintenance and repairs to the buses.
The transit agency will also contribute all farebox revenue as its monetary contribution to the service.
Bruce Cardon, UTA regional general manager, said the transit agency did not have funding to add a new service, but because of the partnership with Ogden, the county and the resorts, they are able to provide it this year.
According to Cardon, the service had a total of 23,485 riders during its four-month operating period last winter.
Of those riders, 15,560 made trips to Powder Mountain, while 7,925 went to Snowbasin.
The transit agency will start the service by using retired Salt Lake City ski buses, but Cardon said UTA is seeking congestion-mitigation and air-quality improvement grants to purchase newer buses.
Cardon said the buses are specialized, with automatic chain deployment, to handle harsh winter conditions on steep mountain roads.
Visit www.rideuta.com for specific weekday, weekend and holiday schedules for the ski bus service.
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