OGDEN -- More Top of Utah bus service cuts are on the horizon for the Utah Transit Authority. To save approximately $300,000, UTA is proposing to eliminate service on six bus routes in Weber, Davis and Box Elder counties.
Under the proposal, UTA would eliminate all Saturday service on bus route 455, which connects downtown Ogden and the Weber State University campus with downtown Salt Lake City and the University of Utah.
The route currently runs hourly from 8:45 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. Saturdays.
Saturday service would also be eliminated on route 613, which currently runs hourly from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., connecting the Ogden Transit Center Station to the Weber Industrial Park.
In Davis County, Saturday service on routes 626 and 627 would be discontinued. The routes currently run from 7:20 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. Saturdays, connecting 5600 South and 3500 West in Roy to the WSU Davis campus in Layton and the Davis Applied Technology College in Kaysville.
Sunday service would be discontinued on route 667, the Lagoon shuttle from the Farmington FrontRunner Station.
In Box Elder County, Route 685 would be canceled altogether.
UTA spokesman Gerry Carpenter said the worldwide recession continues to have an impact on the agency's budget, requiring a close examination of the efficiency of the agency and its services.
Public hearings on the proposed service changes will be from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Layton Library, 155 N. Wasatch Drive, and Thursday at the Pleasant Valley Library, 5568 S. Adams Ave., South Ogden.
Art Bowen, general manager of UTA's Northern Utah Region, said the potential cuts would affect about 200 UTA bus riders, representing less than 0.5 percent of UTA's total customer base in the Northern Utah region. He said the agency would ultimately gain more than it loses.
"All of these cuts are based on efficiencies," Bowen said. "We tried to target routes that were inefficient. We hope to recoup a 2 percent cost savings based on these eliminations."
If the proposed changes are approved, they will go into effect April 3.
UTA has another round of service changes scheduled in August, but the Top of Utah will likely be unaffected.
"We don't plan on having any changes (in the Northern Utah region) in August," Bowen said.
For more information on the changes or to make a comment, visit www.rideuta.com.