UTA To Change FrontRunner and Select Bus Schedules Feb. 19

UTA To Change FrontRunner and Select Bus Schedules Feb. 19 Date posted: February 5, 2013

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.

FrontRunner

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

Bus routes with a FrontRunner connection will also experience a schedule change. The changes affect the following routes:

Salt Lake County

2, 2X, 3, 6, 9, 11, 200, 201, 205, 209, 218, 220, 500, 513, 516, 517, 520, 523, 534, 550, F526

Weber and Davis Counties

455, 603, 604, 612, 613, 616, 630, 640, F618

Utah County

805, 806, 807, 809, 821, 830, 831, 832, 833, 834, 836, 842, 850, 853, F868

TRAX

There will be no changes to TRAX schedules.

Additional Information

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.

10 thoughts on “UTA To Change FrontRunner and Select Bus Schedules Feb. 19

  1. From the schedule it looks like they will be using Centerville siding and Vineyard future station for passing. Hopefully it will be better than when they used Centerville siding before. Having a train parked at Centerville gives a bad impression to potential riders driving on I-15. It would be nice to have double track between Centerville and Woods Cross so they would not need to accelerate and decelerate as often. One nice thing with this schedule will be to have trains arriving close to each other at North Temple so it will provide better connections in all directions to Airport TRAX.

  2. First off the Train is great! My question is why don’t the trains stop at the stations on the same sides as TRAX does? South bound on west side and North bound on east side? I have seen them mix and match them. It would ease some of the confusion with new riders.

  3. Have you noticed that very, very few now ride the 807 in the mornings towards Thanksgiving Point front-runner? It’s because the laborious ride through IM Flash (where no one gets on or off) and Adobe (where no one gets on or off). That means a normal 10 minute ride turns into almost 30, which none of us can tolerate. Instead, we drive ourselves to the Frontrunner station.

  4. You are adding still more time to my daily commute.
    Why can’t you make the current frontrunner schedule work — I fear it is because you lack determination to run strictly on time – that means leaving some late passengers on the plat form and drilling into them to get ready to get off before their stop. So you are going the path of least resistance and that is taking more time away from everyone using the train.

    Adjust a little, but adding 12 minutes to what was advertised as a 60 ride from Provo to North Temple – RIDICULOUS! I can drive to work in less than an hour taking the train cost me an extra 50 minutes each way and now you are adding to that.
    Get stricter and make it work tighter. This has been done across the country and we can do it Utah. We can be trained to help. Your proposal means the trains will run slower and wait more at stops at passengers expense.
    No one believes in mass transit planning more than I — UTA get your act together.

  5. Hello UTA, thank you for making these changes, and I’m very optimistic about the new schedule. I’m curious why the #228 Foothill to SLC Central Station bus was not one of the buses with an altered schedule when clearly it is one of the buses to make a FrontRunner connection?

    Right now, I get on a 228 bus in Research Park at 5:10 and arrive at the SLC Central Station at 5:41, exactly 2 minutes after the train has left. I then have to wait almost a half an hour for the next train. Doesn’t it make good sense to sync this bus, especially as it is the ONLY bus that serves FrontRunner riders in Research Park?

    I am making a sincere effort to learn to live without my wonderful Express Bus (the 810) and I hope you will consider these suggestions moving forward.

    Sincerely,
    Lorraine Jackson

  6. I hope these changes will help eliminate the long waiting times (25 minutes) between the trains and buses. I have been using public transportation for over 15 years. I ride everyday except on bad air days because I have lung problems and cannot breathe the bad air for extended periods of time. It is healthier for me to drive than stand and wait up to 25 minutes for each connection I have to make.

  7. Thanks for bringing about these changes, everyone. I wish you nothing but the utmost success and a plentiful increase in ridership once FrontRunner can get its schedule out of whack (which, hopefully, will be on February 19). A few questions, if you don’t mind:

    Looking at the FrontRunner weekday northbound schedule on the website, it seems like the 4:50 am and 5:50 am trips out of Provo end at North Temple, and the minute that they arrive at that station another train departs from North Temple bound for Ogden. There is a similar instance looking at the southbound schedule. This surely can’t be the case, can it?

    The 830 northbound has subpar connections in the evenings to FrontRunner in Orem. The bus, which after 6 pm runs every thirty minutes, is scheduled to get to Orem station two minutes after FrontRunner departs. So the smallest transfer time one can have is twenty-eight minutes. Is there any way to rectify this? This is a pretty vital connection between UVU and FrontRunner.

    The northbound schedule shows nineteen minutes of travel time between Murray and Central Station, presumably because the train will dwell at Central for a few minutes before proceeding further northward. It’d be nice to have an arrival and departure time on the schedule for Central Station, especially considering so many connections are made there.

    Thanks again, guys. Best of luck!

    Leo

    P.S. I just thought of this. But I remember when FrontRunner barely opened in 2008 it was said that the platforms could handle ten-car trains. Now something I hear a lot is that it’s pretty difficult to expand beyond the three-car trains that currently operate. What’s up?

  8. Currently, I take the 6:13 train from Murray Station (it has been arriving at 6:18-6:20 am) and arrives in Ogden at 7:20.

    But the new schedule will now require me to catch a train at 6:08 am and scheduled to arrive in Ogden at 7:24 am. I am confused as to why I have to take an earlier train only to get to my destination at a much later time when the train has shown significant improvement since the South lines were opened.

    I understand it was a mess in the first few weeks but as of late the efficiency has evolved its improvement with the boarding and exiting of riders.

    Additionally, what data did UTA use to decide on this new schedule change?

    Where can the public view this data?

    Is there a plan to add a second track?

    Why did UTA choose a single track?

    Thank you for your time!

  9. I ride the 473 in from the South Weber park and ride to the Church Office building on North Temple. The bus usually arrives at the Church Office Building at 0623 in the morning. I used to be able to walk across the street and catch the 500 bus up to the State Capitol. Recently UTA changed the Bus route and added two 500 bus’, but they both come earlier than the original time. Now several of us have to walk up the steep hill to the Capitol each morning. If we wait 15-20 minutes for the next bus, then we are late for work. The next earlier 473 that I can catch is around 0430 in the morning, which is way to early to come into work. Is there a way that you can put at least one of those 500 bus’ back on schedule to pick us up on the corner of North Temple and Main at the 0625ish time like it used to be? Thanks.

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