LOGAN, Utah — Updates to Cache Valley’s transit system may include an app to provide riders real-time information on bus locations and the first bi-directional route in the valley.
Todd Beutler, the general manager and CEO of the transit district, said these and other proposals to improve the system’s usability were inspired by community feedback.
“When we asked, ‘What is it that keeps you from riding the bus?’ (People said) ‘it’s too difficult. It’s too hard for me to understand,’” Beutler said.
On Tuesday evening, Beutler presented plans for system improvement to the Cache County Council. In two weeks the plans will be presented to the Cache Valley Transit Board of Trustees. If the plans are approved by the board, Beutler and his team will begin moving forward with them.
Depending on the board’s decision, Beutler said the transit district may gather more community feedback or jump right into certain projects.
The overall goal of the projects is to make transit more accessible and user-friendly by increasing system efficiency. One proposal for doing this is creating a “boomerang” or “connector” route.
The proposed route is designed to cover 60 percent of the system’s major destinations without requiring riders to transfer.
The route would be bidirectional and run from the south Walmart to the north Walmart and connect to Utah State University’s campus. It would stop at the transit center, but unlike other bus routes, it wouldn’t wait there.
“With this running, it would be really easy to commute on the bus and get up to campus,” said Holly Broome-Hyer, the chair of the transit board.
Ideally, Beutler said, the route would run every 10 minutes.
“All of a sudden, people don’t have to know the schedule because they know the bus is coming every 10 minutes,” Beutler said. According to Beutler, this level of frequency has been shown to increase ridership.
Broome-Hyer agreed that this level of service would make the system more rider-friendly, but she thinks it may take a bit of time before there are enough funds to do that.
“Cost is going to make a difference on how far they can go with all of it,” Broome-Hyer said.
Details of this and other plans for the route will be presented on June 26 during the monthly transit board of trustees meeting at 5:45 p.m. in room 808 at Bridgerland Technical College, 1301 N. 600 West, Logan.