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Levi Thatcher inside Council District 7 December 10, 2018, 9:35 PM
Exciting! Here are a few suggestions around speed, as most issues with buses arise because they are slow! These are from the blog/book Human Transit:
1. Let's focus on ridership (i.e., serving dense neighborhoods) instead of geographic coverage. This would lead to more transit advocates, less subsidy per-rider, reduced vehicle miles traveled, and allow for more urban development without being constrained by traffic congestion.
2. UTA bus stops are too close together, which makes the routes super slow. Spacing is often 1/8 of a mile, when it should be more like 1/5 or 1/4 mile in SLC.
3. Signal priority. Critical buses through SLC proper (like 2, 21, 200, 205, 209, 217, 220) should get signal priority over personal vehicles. Synchronized stop lights through these corridors would help as well.
4. Dedicated bus lanes. Many of the critical SLC routes (like 2, 21, 200, 217) run on streets with multiple lanes in each direction. Substituting a lane of traffic for buses would not only improve bus speed, but improve the pedestrian experience as well (which is often poor) and increase safety.
Finally, get rid of pedestrial beg buttons in high-density areas (SLC core) and 21st South—pedestrians deserve priority every time. Elsewhere in SLC, make the beg buttons actually stop traffic.
Name not shown outside Salt Lake City Council Districts December 10, 2018, 12:13 AM
There's no bus route through 146th South in Bluffdale even though there's a lot of traffic and businesses and home along there... Also the Pony Express loop with all the new homes around would be good.
Christy Clay inside Council District 7 December 7, 2018, 10:38 AM
I fully support expanded hours and better service for the Westside and other underserved areas. I'd like to see bus stops that are more accessible and the approach to buses that are easier to get on. Even with kneeling buses there are places in the city where folks struggle to step up or down, particularly where gutters are deep. Sheltered bus stops with notification of bus arrival would be amazing, since not everyone has access to smart phones. Free fares before the air quality gets really bad would boost ridership and prevent red air days.
Name not shown inside Council District 7 December 6, 2018, 3:53 PM
I like the idea of more frequent bus routes. In my ideal world I would suggest:
1-A way to see the bus expected arrival time when you are at the bus stop - or some sort of technology enhancement to better know what bus to take and when to expect it when you are out and about.
2-Extending the S line from the east end point. I know everyone is in the NIMBY crowd, but it makes sense to extend the S-line further northeast to eventually connect with Trax. Trains and trolleys are more reliable and better for the environment.
Name not shown inside Council District 7 December 6, 2018, 3:22 PM
As many others have said, frequency is everything. People will use public transportation if it can get them where they need to go at a reasonable time. There needs to be more direct busses for commuters in the morning and the evening. The hours should expand to when bars close. If drinking and driving is a major concern for this government then I do not know why you wouldn't facilitate public transportation to individuals who want to have a night out? I live in sugarhouse and I can bike to my downtown job quicker than both a bus or trax. This is not good.
Name not shown inside Council District 5 December 6, 2018, 12:31 PM
A single addition to Salt Lake bus route 200 - State Street North (northbound from Murray Central to SL Central) 15 minutes earlier in the morning would be extremely helpful for the early-to-work demographic.
Name not shown inside Council District 5 December 6, 2018, 12:11 PM
As a frequent pedestrian in Central City - for transit and enjoyment - I'd be thrilled to see the push-button-for-crossing-signal contraptions at crosswalks removed, and replaced with a system that gives pedestrians a reliable and consistent indication of safe times to cross with every change of the road signal.
It's frustrating and inconvenient to arrive at the crossing to a major road a few seconds after the light changes and, on pushing the button, have to wait a full light cycle (several minutes, sometimes!) to know I can cross safely. When the buttons break, there's no way to know until you've waited the cycle out - and sometimes, as a result, no way to get a long enough signal to make a safe crossing.
So - a pedestrian signal every time, and where possible an honest countdown (I've seen some counters finish ten seconds early) to give every kind of pedestrian the best information available, and to ease the journey to and from our stops for the "last mile".
Name not shown inside Council District 3 December 6, 2018, 12:04 PM
What would be a game-changer for me and my family is if Frontrunner ran a few times on Sunday. It's a good day to take the family and explore with a little time flexibility. A few Frontrunner runs on Sunday would be well-used and extremely helpful for weekend communters.
I also think an info/marketing campaign would go a long ways for ridership. For some, public transportation is for just for the poor/homeless/students. Many don't know how clean, efficient, and easy using public transportation can be - or that SLC has an award winning system. (I am a frequent rider but have questions about how the rapid bus lines work). It would take some money, but perhaps a parntership with the city, county, UTA clean air groups, and state and local funding could support the campaign. Sure there are many areas where we can do better. But let's make sure we are also getting the word out and capitalizing on what is currently being done well.
Heidi Schubert inside Council District 7 December 5, 2018, 9:08 PM
I'd like to see posted data on the timeliness of the services. So many people complain the "bus is always late" and sure, sometimes this is true but how often is it not true. If we can post data about the timetables we can counter the bad stereotypes. Or fix the problems if it is true.
Mike Christensen inside Council District 1 December 5, 2018, 8:36 PM
Frequency is freedom. The more frequent the service, the more people will ride.