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Utah Transit Authority proposes TRAX, FrontRunner service cuts


The Utah Transit Authority (UTA) is considering a plan to reduce certain TRAX train trips and change FrontRunner commuter-rail service in April.

UTA is trying to address a budget shortfall of $38 million as a result of the recession and lower sales tax revenue.

Beginning April 5, the agency plans to reduce several trips on direct Sandy-to-University TRAX trains during morning and evening peak travel times. In addition, UTA would make the following changes to FrontRunner service: reduce train trips during off-peak, mid-day hours; shift evening train frequency to hourly; adjust schedules on Saturdays; and add one new early morning trip from Ogden. The agency will hold three public hearings later this month to review the proposed changes.

“We have made every effort to avoid cutting service to protect our riders,” said UTA General Manager John Inglish in a prepared statement. “However, some cuts to service have become unavoidable in this economic crisis.”

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