More than three dozen Utah Transit Authority bus routes will be replaced, combined or modified when the agency's light-rail mass transit system begins daily operation, perhaps as soon as November.
The changes have been anticipated and planned so that UTA can take advantage of the 15-mile TRAX line and maximize the efficiency of its transit network.Light-rail trains will travel between 10000 South in Sandy and the Delta Center in downtown Salt Lake City every 10 minutes during peak commute times, replacing many buses now in operation. Those buses will be redeployed to extend existing routes and increase the frequency of bus service.
Some routes, particularly express buses, will simply dead-end at TRAX stations. Many east-west routes will make additional stops at TRAX stations and extend their coverage areas.
"Our plan is to assure a smooth, coordinated bus-rail system that will give customers more travel opportunities, maintain or improve their travel time and improve reliability," said UTA spokeswoman Coralie Alder.
"The best method for achieving this is to include customers', (bus) operators' and transit planners' ideas to develop the best feeder routes."
Next week, UTA will hold four public hearings in Salt Lake County and one in Utah County to receive public comment on the reorganization plan:
West area, March 15, 5-8 p.m., West Jordan City Hall, 8000 S. Redwood Road.
South area, March 16, 5-8 p.m., Jordan High School atrium, 95 E. Beetdigger Blvd., Sandy.
Central area, March 17, 5-8 p.m., Murray High School cafeteria, 5440 S. State.
Utah County, March 18, 6-9 p.m., Lindon City Center, council chambers, 100 N. State St.
Salt Lake area, March 18, 5-8 p.m., UTA Meadowbrook facility board room, 3600 S. 700 West.
Written comments about the proposed changes will be accepted until March 31 and should be sent to Jerri Ashurst, public hearing examiner, strategic planning department, UTA, P.O. Box 30810, Salt Lake City, UT 84130-0810. Comments also can be made on UTA's Web site at www.utabus.com.
State Street routes 12, 22, 24 and 25 will be combined into a single route between downtown Salt Lake City and the Fashion Place West station on 6400 South.
Express routes 43, 45 and 46 will feed into the Sandy Civic Center station at 10000 South.
Route 21 will be expanded to include new east-west service on 8600 South.
Nighttime Routes 124 and 125 will serve three TRAX stations -- at 3900 South, 6400 South and 10000 South.
The destination, or starting point, for a number of other routes will become TRAX stations. Here is a station-by-station look at which existing bus routes will be funneled into TRAX transfer centers, according to UTA's plan:
Ballpark (1300 South), 66; Central Pointe (2100 South), 30, 35; Millcreek (3300 South), 41, 129, 137; Meadowbrook (3900 South), 15, 39, 42, 124, 125, 135; Murray North (4500 South), 10, 40, 140; Murray Central (5300 South), 52, 84; Fashion Place West (6400 South), 12, 22, 24, 25, 33, 124, 125; Midvale Fort Union (7200 South), 85; Midvale Center (7720 South), 88; Sandy Civic Center (10000 South) 12, 43, 45, 46, 47, 124, 125, 133, 143.
The $312 million TRAX system is scheduled for completion in March 2000, but UTA is considering a November debut.