UTA announces bus service cuts

May 12 2011 - 10:32pm

LAYTON -- Another set of bus service cuts is scheduled for Davis County in August.

The Utah Transit Authority announced Thursday that it would be cutting or eliminating bus service at several locations across the Wasatch Front on Aug. 7.

Although some routes will be impacted in Davis County, the Top of Utah wasn't hit as hard as Salt Lake County. Weber County will not face cuts this summer and cuts in Davis County will affect only commuter trips to Salt Lake City.

"There are no Weber County routes or intercounty bus routes in Davis County that will be impacted," said UTA spokesman Gerry Carpenter. "The only Davis County routes that will be impacted are primarily the ones that circulate between the southern end of the county and Salt Lake (City)."

Four routes in southern Davis County will have cutbacks.

Routes 460 in Woods Cross, 461 in Bountiful, 462 in North Salt Lake, and 463 in West Bountiful -- all commuter routes to Salt Lake City -- will be reduced to two morning trips and two evening trips.

For more information on the routes, visit www.rideuta.com. UTA will release its final schedule for the changes on July 7, which can be viewed on its website.

The service cutbacks coincide with the opening of the Mid-Jordan and West Valley light rail lines.

The new lines actually represent a significant increase in overall transit service, Carpenter said, although the increases are confined to the western part of Salt Lake County.

In the past, whenever UTA has opened a light rail line, the agency has adjusted bus service to make the entire system operate more efficiently, Carpenter said.

The final service plan is the result of a six-month public involvement process, during which the agency gathered information from the public and developed two proposed service scenarios.

Carpenter said UTA has faced the budget challenge of significantly reduced sales tax revenues as a result of the economic recession while preparing to open the new lines.

A smaller-than-projected operating budget required adjustments of the entire system to lower costs and improve efficiency while still expanding overall service.

In April, UTA eliminated service on six bus routes in Weber, Davis and Box Elder counties to save approximately $300,000.

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