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UTA temporarily reducing service due to decrease in ridership during coronavirus pandemic

Changes take effect April 5
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Posted at 11:43 AM, Mar 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-27 13:43:34-04

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Transit Authority announced temporary service adjustments Friday in regard to the coronavirus pandemic.

According to a news release, UTA has seen a significant decrease in ridership.

Preliminary numbers showing bus ridership down 56 percent.

FrontRunner ridership has decreased approximately 75 percent.

TRAX ridership has dropped 60 percent and Paratransit ridership has fallen off roughly 75 percent.

With ridership far lower than normal, UTA is also experiencing a decrease in fares and anticipates a future decrease in sales tax revenue.

As part of the ongoing effort to limit the spread of the virus, while keeping riders and employees safe and ensuring fiscal responsibility, UTA will begin the service reductions beginning April 5.

This decision to temporarily reduce service will allow UTA to focus resources on providing critical service for those who depend on UTA for their essential travel needs.

The new service schedules replace UTA’s previously planned April Change Day schedules.

While specific schedules are not yet available, the following overall changes are being implemented:

Weekday Service:

Fixed Route Bus:
* Maintaining hours of service on most routes
* Adjusting frequency on most 15 and 30 minute bus routes
* UVX frequency adjusting from 6 minutes to 15 minutes
* Suspending some commuter bus routes

TRAX:
* Adjusting frequency from 15 minutes to 30 minutes

FrontRunner:
*Adjusting frequency from 30 minutes to 60 minutes

Saturday Service:

Fixed Route Bus:
* Adjusting frequency of service on 15 minute bus routes to 30 minutes
* UVX maintaining 15 minute frequency
* All other bus routes retaining

TRAX:
* Adjusting frequency from 20 minutes to 30 minutes

FrontRunner:
* Maintaining current Saturday schedule

Sunday Service:

Fixed Route Bus:
* All routes retaining Sunday schedule

TRAX:
* Adjusting frequency from 20 minutes to 30 minutes

FrontRunner:
* No service on Sunday currently

For more information and to keep up with any changes, you can go to UTA's website.