Bicycles crowd out riders on commuter rail cars

Bicycles crowd out riders on commuter rail cars

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Commuters are lugging so many bicycles aboard FrontRunner trains, the bikes are piling up, blocking doors and tipping over one another like dominoes.

Inside each train car are straps to hold two bicycles, but Layton commuter James House says he's seen as many as 15 bikes in each car, blocking aisles.

Bryce Jolley says he has to stand and hold his bicycle for his commute from Salt Lake City to Clearfield, where the engineer works at Hill Air Force Base.

The Utah Transit Authority (UTA) says it will have to dedicate more space inside train cars for bicycles. That could mean fewer seats.

"We've requested that on the bottom level on one side, take all of those chairs out so that we can put bikes in that area instead," said UTA spokeswoman Carrie Bohnsack-Ware said.

Bohnsack-Ware says there will also be more bike lockers at the FrontRunner stops.

FrontRunner debuted April 28 to shuttle commuters between Ogden and Salt Lake City.


(The Standard-Examiner and The Associated Press contributed to this report. Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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