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UTA ready for biggest change in bus routes

Published August 25, 2007 1:49 am
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The biggest bus route redesign in Utah Transit Authority history commences Sunday.

The route changes feature more 15-minute and 30-minute service as well as fast buses that bring commuters directly into Salt Lake City and the University of Utah.

The redesign will run night buses with the same route and route numbers as day service to eliminate the complexity of the former system.

UTA made 55 changes to the 80 routes, backed off some disputed fare increases and allocated an additional $1.5 million to enhance bus services in an effort to alleviate riders' anxiety and confusion.

The route redesign aims to increase efficiency while also attracting new riders by routing fast buses to suburban areas and realigning existing routes to feed TRAX and serve commuters, UTA officials said.

Maps are now available at UTA pass outlets and on buses. Printable versions are on the Web, www.rideuta.com. Riders also can call 888-RIDE-UTA (888-743-3882) for help.

On Monday and Tuesday, 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., dozens of UTA employee volunteers will be located at key bus and TRAX locations throughout Salt Lake County, providing information and assisting passengers.

At all sites employees will be handing out system maps, route schedules and answering questions about the new bus system.

Volunteers can help you

UTA volunteers will be at the following locations part of the day Monday and Tuesday to answer questions.

* Most TRAX stations

* Valley Fair Mall bus stops

* 200 S. State St.

* 400 S. Main St.

* West Valley City Hall bus stops

* Salt Lake Community College Redwood Road Campus

* Cottonwood Mall bus stops

* 2000 E. 9400 South Park & Ride Lot

* On board select bus routes

* University of Utah

* Salt Lake Community College




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