Re-established transit route helps rural Utahns stay connected to the Wasatch Front
What happens when a resident of a rural Utah needs to see a doctor in Salt Lake City and a car ride is not an option? Between 2004 and October 2009, residents of rural areas between Vernal and Salt Lake were out of luck when it came to daily travel options. However, a re-established route makes reliable, regular travel convenient thanks to a federal-state partnership that subsidizes daily bus rides between Salt Lake City and Denver, Colorado.
Tracy Young, Rural Public Transit Manager with the Public Transit Team at UDOT is very happy about the service. “It’s really going to help the people, especially low income, elderly and those with disabilities, get access to the Wasatch Front.”
Transit is important to rural Utahns who may not have access to the same level of medical services or, educational and employment opportunities along the Wasatch Front. The route is a regular Intercity Bus service that now receives funding through a Federal Transportation Administration grant managed by the Public Transit Team at UDOT . Riders pay regular Greyhound rates.
The route was cancelled in 2004. Research showed the route needed to be revived to help improve the quality of life of rural residents. While visiting towns along the route, Tracy received a lot of positive comments. “People would stop us on the street and say how this service is needed. Every comment we got that day was positive.” The Public Transit Team is planning on surveying riders to get feedback on the service.