FARMINGTON (AP) — New figures from the Utah Transit Authority show FrontRunner commuter trains are averaging 30 percent lower ridership than officials projected when the line opened a year ago.
At opening, UTA had projected weekday ridership of 5,900, but the figures for March show weekday ridership on the diesel-powered Pleasant View-Salt Lake City trains averaged 4,083.
As gas prices rose last year, FrontRunner saw more passengers. Last August, there were nearly 8,800 FrontRunner riders on weekdays.
UTA Assistant General Manager Mike Allegra says the lower rider numbers are mostly a reflection of the economy. He says people are combining trips out and about and conserving more than ever.
He expects ridership to get a bump in 2012 when UTA finishes a second FrontRunner leg to Utah County.