The Utah Transit Authority (UTA) and Salt Lake City Council discussed short- and long-term transit projects they aim to begin in 2014 in order to double ridership in the near future.
The goals include:
- Adding rush hour times to all services to attract commuters;
- Reducing wait times so riders can show up to stops without checking the schedule;
- Extending hours of operation; and
- Adding stops so riders can reach any location in the city with just one transfer.
The UTA is also looking into a more affordable distance-based fare system, which they may or may not implement depending on the success of yearly ($350) or monthly ($30) transit passes. UTA began offering these passes to Salt Lake City residents in 2013.
Additionally, UTA hopes to stabilize all route systems, which change every three months in accordance with a UTA policy.
UTA plans on financing these projects with fare revenues, transit pass revenues and bonds.