Springville residents should begin seeing Utah Transit Authority buses on some city streets and should notice paying slightly more in sales tax at the check-out counter.
Bus service officially began Wednesday as a result of a transit initiative passed by Springville voters in November. Kip Billings, UTA transit planner, said judging by the election results, Springville residents are excited about using the bus service. About 70 percent of Springville's voters approved the initiative."This was one of the largest margins of victory we've seen in any transit initiative," Billings said.
Billings said buses will travel hourly along the bus route and stop at every block along the bus route if someone is waiting at the stop or if someone on the bus requests the driver to stop. He said all stops are posted with a blue UTA sign.
The route connects with Provo, Orem, north Utah County and Salt Lake City routes. Transfers to other routes and destinations are free.
Billings said senior citizens were the strongest supporters of UTA initiative because it gives them more access to Provo, Orem and Salt Lake City. Also, parents will no longer have to transport children to the University Mall and Brigham Young University students living in Springville can ride the bus to school.
To subsidize for the new service sales tax in Springville increased by one quarter of one percent on Tuesday. It likely will cost the average Springville family between $15 and $25 a year in taxes for the bus service.
A copy of bus schedules and bus routes are available at the city offices, city library, Senior Citizens Center and at Allen's Pharmacy. Individuals wanting more information about connecting bus routes should call 375-4636(INFO).
"They'll spend as much time as necessary letting people know how to get where they want to go," Billings said.
City residents will be receiving free coupons in the mail good for the month of January to encourage use of the new service.