Commuters traveling to and from Preston to Logan, Utah, can choose alternative transportation to get to their destination thanks to a partnership between the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and Cache Valley Transit District (CVTD).
Using funds from a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant, DEQ purchased a 40-foot coach bus with the goal to get more people to use CVTD services, thus reducing vehicles on the road and vehicle emissions to protect air quality in the Cache Valley.
“CVTD appreciates its long-standing relationship with DEQ.” Todd Beutler, general manager for CVTD said. “DEQ provided the initial funding to start the bus service to Preston in 2006.”
CVTD received four new buses in June that were put into service on July 1, 2019. Each vehicle cost $435,000, with DEQ covering 100% of the cost of one of the buses.
“Part of our board’s vision is to provide environmentally responsible transportation options to the community, and these new buses help deliver on that vision,” Holly Broome-Hyer, CVTD board chair said.
CVTD and Pocatello Regional Transit (PRT) agreed to provide service between Preston and Logan. PRT will run cutaway buses mid-day and CVTD will provide coach bussing on weekdays in the mornings and evenings. Commuters can catch the bus in Preston at the LDS Church, 100 East and 500 North, and in Logan at the CVTD Transit Center, 150 East and 500 North. There are multiple stops along the bus route that is free to ride.