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UTA Ridership is Booming

UTA Ridership is Booming

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Greg Neft, KSL NewsradioThe Utah Transit Authority says a national trend that shows increased mass transit use is bringing them along for the ride. Call it boom times for UTA ridership.

Justin Jones, UTA spokesman: "In fact, record levels last year."

Spokesman Justin Jones says they've seen double-digit growth for TRAX ridership.

Justin Jones: "Over 16 percent from the year before, and we continue to climb."

The reason:

Justin Jones: "The high gas prices, road construction all contribute to the fact that people find themselves being more productive on transit."

But what about taking the bus?

Justin Jones: "Salt Lake County is seeing actually a decline in bus ridership, and that's simply because the system itself is aging."

He says there is a plan in the works to redesign bus service.

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