Changes are being made to FrontRunner and bus schedules to improve overall system reliability Tuesday, Feb. 19.
Following the opening of the FrontRunner extension south to Provo, the agency has found it challenging to meet published schedules, causing regular delays and missed connections in the system.
The new schedules are currently available online; new printed schedules will be available soon.
The adjusted schedule will more accurately reflect actual running times and dwell times at Salt Lake Central and North Temple stations will be increased.
All trips will depart approximately 5 to 10 minutes earlier.
Northbound trips will increase run times by 15 minutes (nine additional minutes to travel between Provo and Salt Lake Central, and six additional minutes between Salt Lake Central and Ogden).
Southbound trips will increase run times by 16 minutes (eleven additional minutes between Ogden and Salt Lake Central, five additional minutes between Salt Lake Central and Provo).
The difference in run times between southbound and northbound trips is due to the way trains meet to pass each other.
In addition to time adjustments the agency is adding trips, increasing 30-minute service during peak operation. The number of trips traveling the full length of the line will increase from 19 to 23. The number of peak trips traveling half of the line will increase from 9 to 10.
Bus routes with a FrontRunner connection will also experience a schedule change. The changes affect the following routes:
2, 2X, 3, 6, 9, 11, 200, 201, 205, 209, 218, 220, 500, 513, 516, 517, 520, 523, 534, 550, F526
455, 603, 604, 612, 613, 616, 630, 640, F618
805, 806, 807, 809, 821, 830, 831, 832, 833, 834, 836, 842, 850, 853, F868
There will be no changes to TRAX schedules.
In addition to schedule changes, UTA is working to provide riders with better access to service information.
Operations staff will be on site at some of our busiest stations – Provo, Lehi, Murray, Salt Lake Central and North Temple – to answer questions and assist passengers.
During peak operating hours staff will manually update FrontRunner display boards with more reliable arrival and information.
UTA will continue to provide service updates online on the service tab located on its Facebook page and on Twitter, as well as feed information to several private third party schedule and tracking apps.
Typically, the agency makes changes to the schedule three times a year. The next regularly scheduled change day will occur on April 14, coinciding with the opening of the Airport TRAX extension.