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COVID-19 hit all of us hard. UTA wasn’t an exception. As a result, much of our regular service was cut or reduced in April to accommodate lower ridership numbers and keep our riders safe.
August Change Day is coming up on August 23, and we have good news! Much of the service that was changed or reduced in April is restored, or even improved, beyond pre-COVID levels. After August Change Day, our service will be back to 91% of what it was before the pandemic.
Routes that have been restored or improved include:
Service on these routes remains lower than pre-COVID levels. Some of these routes will have more service starting August 23, but still less than pre-COVID levels. Routes 604, 625, 645, and 902 have newly reduced service starting August 23.
TRAX Blue Line, TRAX Red Line, TRAX Green Line, S-Line, FrontRunner, UVX,
3, 11, 17, 41, 45, 47, 54, 62, 205, 220, 223, 227, 232, 248, F400, F402, 454, 470, 473, F504, F514, F518, F456, F547, F556, F570, F590, 603, 604, F605, 612, 613, 625, 626, 627, 645, 667,
833, 834, 902
Service on these routes remains temporarily suspended. Route 472 will be temporarily suspended beginning August 23.
The decisions made regarding August Change Day all stemmed from ridership numbers, public feedback, and changes regarding COVID policies. We will continue to monitor these factors as we move forward. Our hope is to continue to restore service at a pace that both serves our riders and continues to keep everyone safe.
We recognize that longer wait times, eliminated routes, and changes in safety requirements have been difficult for many of our riders. We hope that changes included in August Change Day will help make your lives and commutes easier. Please know that we are listening to your feedback and that your safety is something that we take very seriously. You can learn about our safety efforts here.
We’re on our way to the new normal, and we hope you ride along with us.
UTA Executive Director Carolyn Gonot has assembled a task force within the agency to develop a customer-centric service restoration plan as UTA looks ahead and prepare to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
To share our recovery priorities, UTA has launched a COVID-19 recovery storyboard, which provides real-time data and information on ridership, financial information, safety and sanitation procedures, service updates and planning activities. The recovery storyboard will be updated regularly and can be accessed at rideuta.com/recovery.
“We are looking at both short-term demands and long-term outcomes with a detailed focus on ridership, financial sustainability and rebuilding community confidence in public transit, said Gonot. “UTA’s goal is to restore service in a way that aligns with the community’s efforts to reopen, the health of the economy, as well as the evolving ridership demands.”
The COVID-19 pandemic has provided UTA the opportunity to assess and reevaluate public transit options along the Wasatch Front. Long-term service design is a top priority throughout this effort and will be taken into consideration as the service restoration plan is developed. By taking a calculated approach, UTA will be able to implement strategic and sustainable service to the community.
This project will replace the existing aging and undersized Central bus facility, housing up to 150 alternative and standard fuel buses with the ability to expand to 250 buses in the future. This will allow for the growth of bus service to 5,000 additional daily riders by the year 2050. The initial phase of the project constructed the CNG Fuel & Fare Collection building on the site. 2019 activities will include building demolition, structural stabilization of the roof of the old locomotive building that will be repurposed for the bus maintenance shop, construction of the wash building, addition of the diesel fueling system, and site canopies and full site work. Construction activities in 2010 through 2021 will include the final construction of the maintenance building and operations building, as well as solarization and microgrid power system. Impact on Operating Budget: The project is projected to decrease the operating budget by about $400,000 annually. The state legislature has appropriated $2.5M per year to fund the project
When TRAX made its debut in 1999, a fleet of Siemens SD100 light rail vehicles began transporting thousands of Utahns along the Wasatch Front each day. As UTA’s light rail service grew, UTA added 17 Siemens SD160 light rail vehicles. UTA is in the midst of an extensive overhaul program designed to sustain the life of both the SD 100 and SD 160 vehicles as required by the Federal Transit Administration. This will enable UTA to safely operate the fleets up to its projected 30-year lifespan.
Establishing an overhaul program is an industry-best practice that will significantly impact most of the vehicles’ systems and components for the purpose of improving safety, efficiency and passenger comfort.
To begin the project, UTA evaluated every system in each fleet to determine the appropriate time and cost for overhauling/replacing components. Whenever possible, UTA will perform the work in-house enabling us to create several full time positions to compete the overhaul. Developing the employees skill set enables UTA to build a solid foundation for future long term maintenance needs. UTA has also set up specific maintenance shops for overhaul implementation. These shops will help sustain our light rail fleet throughout its useful life.
In conjunction with six counties, two metropolitan planning agencies, and dozens of Utah cities, UTA was notified in late 2016 that it had been awarded a $20 million grant which will be matched with local funding to improve transit access as well as trails and bikeways feeding into the transit system over the next five years. Projects in 2019 are estimated at approximately $15 million. However, this yearly budget consists of the local government match combined with the Federal grant. The UTA cost will be specifically for the UTA projects that are part of the TIGER grant.
Salt Lake City International Airport is undergoing an almost $3 billion renovation, including the relocation of its terminal building. In order to provide front door light rail service to the new terminal building, UTA will be required to relocate a portion of its light rail track as well as the Airport TRAX station at an estimated cost of $22.9 million. Proceeds from the 2018 bond issue will be used to pay for this improvement. Materials procurement will occur in 2019 and construction in 2020 through 2021.