Improved Ski Bus Service Starts Up
UTA announces expanded ski bus service in Cottonwood Canyons
We’re proud to help announce major improvements to UTA’s ski bus service in Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons up and running. The service changes, which began Friday, Dec. 2, will increase the number of canyon ski service trips by 35 percent, give ski bus riders access to more parking and improve connections with TRAX, FrontRunner and Route 220 for improved service from downtown, the University of Utah and other areas of the valley. The new routes will also provide bus service all day, with 15-minute service during peak times. The service changes will expand to seven days a week on Dec. 17.
The occasion was marked with a celebration at the 6200 South Park and Ride, and remarks from Mountain Accord stake holders who lauded the change.
“This change will connect better to TRAX and increase frequency,” said UTA President Jerry Benson. “We’ll also have more parking and we want this to add up to more people making the choice to use the bus to get up the Cottonwood Canyons.”
“We found that past years’ service—with limited ski bus rider parking, overcrowded buses, a lack of midday service and inconsistent frequency—sometimes discouraged skiers and snowboarders from riding the bus,” UTA spokesperson Remi Barron said. “The result was more drivers on the roads, traffic congestion to and from resorts, and an increased environmental toll on our canyon roads and air.”
The change in service was the result of a collaboration between Mountain Accord planners and UTA to find short-term solutions for transportation in the canyons.
“The problem isn’t going to fix itself,” said Mountain Accord Program Director Laynee Jones. “A central tenant of Mountain Accord is to create practical solutions that we can immediately implement.”