The Utah Transit Authority is hoping to more than double the number of University of Utah students, faculty and staff members who ride a bus to and from campus.
To help find out how to attract more riders, UTA has scheduled a series of six meetings at the university, beginning April 13. At those meetings, members of the campus community will be able to tell the authority what kind of service they want.The meetings mark the first time the authority has asked the public to comment on its service to a specific destination. A similar series of meetings on service throughout the Wasatch Front was held in 1981.
Currently, less than 2 percent of the estimated 90,000 trips made to and from the university daily are by bus, said an authority planner, Randy Park. That share should be boosted to at least 5 percent, he said.
Park said suggestions for improving service to the university will likely include adding more direct routes to the campus from outlying areas and increasing the number of buses available at night.
Changes resulting from the meetings will take effect as soon as September 1, he said, in time for the fall quarter.
The first meeting will be held from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Olpin Union West Ballroom, followed by another meeting from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the same location.
On April 20, two meetings will be held in the Olpin Union Saltair Room. The meeting will last from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. and the evening meeting, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.