Ever wanted to tell the bus driver exactly where to go? As of Monday, three new "flex" routes enable more people to do just that.
The Utah Transit Authority already provides such service to a half dozen cities -- Brigham City, Draper, Sandy, Riverton, Tooele and Grantsville -- where, for an extra $1, a rider can request that the shuttle-style van deviate up to three-fourths of a mile off the standard route.
The only catch is that the rider must call in the request at least two hours ahead of time.
Thanks to federal funding, UTA will add three new flex routes in Davis County's Syracuse/Hooper area, Salt Lake County's Herriman, and Utah County's American Fork/Alpine area.
UTA's acting General Manager Michael Allegra applauded the added capability to extend coverage.
"Flex routes are a great new option for these communities," Allegra said. "They will provide service to many who haven't had access to public transportation in their neighborhood in the past."
» F628: connects Syracuse and Hooper to the Roy and Clearfield FrontRunner stations.
» F547: connects Herriman to Riverton Hospital, Walmart and Riverton's flex route, F518.
» F868: links new locations in American Fork and Alpine to the American Fork Hospital, LDS Temple, Lone Peak High School and the American Fork park and ride lot.
For more information, go to www.rideuta.com.