UTA Considers Moving Layton Mall Transfer Site

UTA Considers Moving Layton Mall Transfer Site

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LAYTON, Utah (AP) -- Citing traffic congestion around the Layton Hills Mall, the Utah Transit Authority is considering the Weber State University-Davis campus for its north Davis County bus transfer site.

The campus officially opened Thursday.

UTA service planner Trevan Blaisdell said buses are thrown off-schedule as a result of having to travel to the mall through heavy traffic.

Blaisdell made the comments to Davis mayors Wednesday at a Davis Council of Governments meeting.

Currently, five UTA bus routes converge on the east side of the mall in facilitating transfers, said UTA spokeswoman Andrea Packer.

UTA officials are hoping to put those buses on schedule, while at the same time expanding services to WSU-Davis students and faculty, by moving the transfer site to the Layton campus at 2750 University Park Blvd.

The mall still would have bus service.

A public hearing on relocating the transfer site from the mall to the campus is Sept. 3 at 7 p.m. at the Davis County Central Branch Library in , Layton.

The change, if adopted, would become effective in November, before the Christmas shopping season when traffic around the mall dramatically increases.

Layton Hills Mall marketing retail manager Rochelle Fraser said mall officials would hate to see the transfer service moved, although she can understand UTA officials' concerns about traffic congestion.

"I do think it would affect us to some degree. I just don't know to what degree that would be," she said.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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