Commuter Services has diverted funding from other programs to continue operating the “Express to the U” shuttle bus route through June 30, 2013. The route—which was implemented in December 2012 as an experiment—has been successful. Ridership has increased. The route runs nonstop from UTA’s Central Station to campus, and provides an alternative for those transferring to campus from Central Station. The UCard may soon be required to ensure that service is being provided to the campus population.
The campus shuttle route originally was designed to replace UTA Route 810, which was cancelled by UTA in December 2012. It also has helped those commuting to campus from Utah County on the new FrontRunner South line.
The campus shuttle departs Salt Lake Central Station after Frontrunner South arrives in the morning. It will continue to run every half hour during the mornings from 6:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. The bus is branded as a University of Utah shuttle bus. The route runs nonstop from Salt Lake Central station to the stadium; then continues east along South Campus Drive with stops at the Campus Bookstore, LDS Institute, Business Loop, Fort Douglas, and the University Hospital. It takes less than 20 minutes to arrive on campus from Central Station.
While many have expressed demand for a similar shuttle in the afternoon, and for service into Research Park, funding is not available for that service at this time. For more information regarding this route, as well as suggestions for your afternoon commute, visit the Commuter Services website. For updated information from UTA, visit the UTA website.