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UTA proposes more service cuts

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SALT LAKE CITY -- The Utah Transit Authority is proposing more service cuts in order to save money.

The proposed cuts include eliminating midday and evening TRAX service between Sandy and the University of Utah.

According to the Deseret News, UTA spokesman Gerry Carpenter says it would be a 60 percent cut in service on route 703. He says those headed from the south end of the Salt Lake Valley to the university would need to transfer trains downtown.

**Proposed eliminations from TRAX Route 703**- From Sandy: 8:04 a.m. - 2:34 p.m. 5:04 p.m. - 7:34 p.m. - From Medical Center 8:07 a.m. - 2:37 p.m. 6:07 p.m. - 7:37 p.m.

The proposed changes to TRAX and FrontRunner service were announced during a UTA Board of Trustees meeting Wednesday.

The cuts would begin April 5. UTA will hold three open houses before then to gather public comment on the proposed TRAX cuts.

The agency says those cuts, along with several changes already in the works for FrontRunner service, could save $2 million.

The paper reports the FrontRunner changes include adding a weekday southbound trip leaving Ogden at 4:16 a.m. to replace a cut in the earliest express bus trips; switching some northbound and southbound trains to hourly service instead of 30-minute service; shifting Saturday trips by 30 minutes; and requiring a transfer in Ogden for the Pleasant View evening trip.

According to UTA rules, the FrontRunner changes do not require public comment.

Open Houses for TRAX changes

  • Feb. 11, 3-5 p.m., Salt Lake City Main Library Conference Room A&B, 210 E. 400 South.
  • Feb. 16, 6-8 p.m., UTA Mobility Center, 4384 S. 50 West, Murray.
  • Feb. 17, 12:30-2:30 p.m., Rice-Eccles Stadium Tower sixth-floor conference room, 415 S. 1400 East. CLICK HERE for more information on the open houses.

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