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The last time the Utah Transit Authority had a "change day," it altered 90 percent of its bus routes and added two TRAX extensions in August. The next schedule change day on Dec. 11 will be relatively minor.
UTA plans mostly routine tweaks to schedules to improve reliability and make transfer connections easier although some bigger changes include beginning all-day ski buses for the season, adding weekend buses between Salt Lake City and Park City, and giving Santaquin its first-ever bus service.
A full list of changes is available online at http://www.rideuta.com/changeday. "Even if the routes have only minor adjustments, UTA would recommend that riders review the changes to ensure they are aware of any effect on their commute," said UTA spokesman Gerry Carpenter.
He also says a few changes are bigger and more noteworthy. They include:
• Ski buses expand to all-day service, seven days a week in Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons. That will continue through April 14. Also on change day, ski bus service to Sundance resort in Utah County begins.
• Buses between Salt Lake City and Park City will expand service to run on Saturdays, Sunday and holidays with three trips up in the morning and three back in the afternoon. On weekdays, the new schedule also adds an extra trip up in the morning and an extra trip down in the afternoon.
• A new Route 2X, the 200 South Express, will be created to run buses with limited stops from the Salt Lake City Central Station (the terminal for Ogden FrontRunner) to the University of Utah. These buses may be faster than taking TRAX and transferring trains to travel to the U.
• Santaquin will receive its first bus service since joining the UTA service district a year ago. Route 822 between BYU and Payson will be extended to Santaquin with limited trips.
• Route 811, the Utah Valley shuttle to TRAX in Sandy, will have reduced stops. The route also will end at 1230 North Canyon Road and will not continue to south Provo.
• Route 616 will become a permanent shuttle between Pleasant View and the Ogden FrontRunner station. UTA, Pleasant View and other officials recently decided to discontinue FrontRunner trains to Pleasant View, figuring that buses would be cheaper and offer better service.
• Routes 630 and 632, for the Brigham City to Ogden commute, are being combined into one route, the 630.
UTA's 'change day'
O For a complete list of route changes, visit > http://www.rideuta.com/changeday.