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Gary Thornock's Weblog » Utah County exploring transit options
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26th Jan, 2006

Utah County exploring transit options


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Today's Deseret News reports that Utah County is exploring mass-transit options, some of which may not include the UTA.

The article mentions Provo Mayor Lewis Billings' experience with UTA, which is that, if he wants to ride the bus to work, he must first walk from his Provo home to a bus stop in Orem. Unfortunately, that's not at all unusual.

A few months ago, I went to the UTA web site looking for a way to get from the BYU Wilkinson Center (the bus stop nearest to my house, and a fairly major one at that), to my (then) office at Canyon Park in Orem. The online trip planner's answer: it can't be done. (Further manual investigation of the routes and schedules shows that, in fact, it can be done, but it takes 2 1/2 hours, three transfers and about a half-mile walk at the end. Sorry, but I can get from my house to Canyon Park in under an hour on a bike — and have done so several times.)

Now that my office has moved to Salt Lake, the transit situation is a bit better: I can catch an express bus at University Mall and be to downtown SLC in just over an hour, with a ten minute walk at the end to get to work. It's not quite as fast as driving myself, but it's close enough to be worth doing. Good express service to Salt Lake isn't a general solution to transit in Utah County, though. Neither is commuter rail to Salt Lake, come to that.

All told, it's great that the task force is looking at multiple options, and I'm particularly happy to read that they're studying the system in Logan. Wouldn't it be great to have a fare-free transit system in Utah County that was useful to most of the county?

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Update: I went back to the trip planner and tried again recently, and things have improved a little: http://www.thornock.us/wordpress/archives/88

It's still not perfect, I can still do as well on a bike, but it's better than it was when I checked before.

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