FARMINGTON -- City officials are fighting to keep a bus route alive that may soon be on Utah Transit Authority's chopping block.
As part of a series of proposed cuts on low-ridership routes to save approximately $300,000, UTA is pondering the elimination of Sunday service on route 667, which serves as a Lagoon shuttle and runs every 30 minutes from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from April to October.
The route connects to the park from the Farmington FrontRunner station.
Farmington and Lagoon officials expressed concern with the proposal because of service that would be eliminated at the amusement park. In response to Lagoon's concerns, UTA proposed to modify its 470 bus route so it will travel around the west side of Lagoon, near the park's entrance.
Lagoon Vice President of Marketing Dick Andrew said the park was happy with UTA's compromise. The city, however, remains unsatisfied.
On Tuesday, Farmington passed and adopted a resolution expressing the city's desire to keep Sunday service on route 667.
Farmington thinks the route should be kept as is because the city and Lagoon both pay for a portion of the service and a major commercial center near the route will be opening soon, which will increase ridership on the route.
"With Station Park coming in May, that will increase ridership," said Farmington City Manager Dave Millheim.
The $250 million Station Park development is expected to eventually bring as much as 1 million square feet of retail business to the city. The first 300,000 square feet of the development opens in May.
Millheim also said ridership on the route is strong throughout the remainder of the week and only suffers on Sunday because UTA doesn't provide FrontRunner service.
The city believes discontinuing Sunday service will discourage people from using mass transit.
If the Sunday service is discontinued, Farmington wants UTA to review it annually as both Station Park develops and FrontRunner schedules are modified.
UTA spokesman Gerry Carpenter said the transit agency is aware of Farmington's concerns and will consider the city's request.
"UTA will certainly take this into consideration as we review our options regarding the 667 Sunday service and a possible rerouting of the 470 on Sunday to meet the city and Lagoon's needs for the 2011 season," he said.