West Valley bus rapid transit line gets even faster

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WEST VALLEY CITY -- Utah's first bus rapid transit line is now able to make good on that rapid promise.

What is... UTA MAX?
UTA MAX is Utah's first bus rapid transit line with its own dedicated travel lane between Bangerter Highway and Constitution Boulevard. The dedicated lane allows MAX to bypass congestion and travel quickly along one of West Valley City's busiest corridors. It makes limited stops and has traffic signal priority. It runs all day with 15-minute frequency. -UTA

MAX debuted for the Utah Transit Authority in July 2008, but it's got something now that it didn't have then. "You got a dedicated lane; this bus can just zip right through," says Warren Simpson, regional general manager for UTA.

An agreement between West Valley and the Utah Department of Transportation means MAX has its own lane on 3500 South, between Bangerter Highway and Constitution Blvd. Simpson says it shaves 20 minutes off the trip from Magna to TRAX.

"It's timed to meet the train perfectly, so there's rarely ever a wait. The bus will be waiting right there when the train gets there," he says.

UTA expects MAX will transport more than 4,000 people every day.

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