TRANSIT: UTA, Salt Lake City Council look to 2014 goals

Agencies suggest cheaper fare system, increased service to improve city transit

December 10, 2013

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.