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Bus Riders Plan to Protest UTA's Changes

Bus Riders Plan to Protest UTA's Changes

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Ashley Hayes Reporting Protesters will make a statement later today in an unusual way. Some local bus riders will wear Pinocchio noses because they feel the Utah Transit Authority lied to them.

The protest will take place at the Salt Lake City Library.

UTA is planning to make changes that will cut some bus routes and increase prices. UTA maintains it has done nothing wrong. Officials say they have been open and honest about making those changes. Some bus riders disagree.

Organizers from the Anti-hunger Action Committee say UTA officials have been deceptive about the extent of the cuts they want to make to bus routes. They also feel UTA lied about the reasons for the proposed fare hikes.

UTA says bus fares will increase between 50 cents and $1.50 a ride, while the number of bus routes will decrease from 90 to 54 in Salt Lake County.

Meanwhile a ticket on Frontrunner Commuter rail will have a maximum cost of $5.50 for a one-way ticket.

The protest starts tonight at 6:30 outside the Salt Lake City Main Library.

At the same time, UTA will hold a public hearing on the fourth floor about the fare increases.

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