Express to the U shuttle extended

DSCN1027_600Commuter 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.

9 Responses to Express to the U shuttle extended

  • Brent Alm says:

    This has been a great service to me. I ride it every morning. Thank you for extending the shuttle. It is appreciated!

  • Clint Bunnell says:

    This service has proven to be the most efficient means of commuting to campus from Utah County. Thank you for providing the shuttle service.

  • Sharon Gerdes says:

    If I could get from the business loop to Central Station in 20 minutes in the afternoon, I would ride Front Runner every day instead of driving. If I miss the #2 bus, which is across campus, I also miss Front Runner. It has taken me as long as 2 hours to get home.

  • Alex Orange says:

    Why don’t you spend some money to increase the over-crowded Union-HC buses (Red/Blue/Orange). Every time a class starts/gets out the buses are standing room only.

  • Penny Sadler says:

    I took this shuttle on my way home one day when my car was in the shop, It took me 45 minuted to get to the station from the hospital due to the #2 bus stopping at every block. This was not timely at all. I missed the front runner by 3 seconds and then had to wait another 45 minutes in the freezing weather for the next train. It took me over 2 hours to get to draper. I wish UTA and commuter services would sync their times better to service the ridership better. I lived in Chicago and all the trains were scheduled to improve connections the commute so you wouldn’t go back to your cars. If it takes an hour longer to get home, why should we take public transportaion? For now, I’m driving…

  • Lorraine says:

    This is very fortunate for those who need to get to campus. However, it certainly was NOT designed to replace the 810. If it was, it would stop in Research Park the way that the 810 did: where HALF of us on the 810 work. I went from having the most ideal public transit commute to a total nightmare, several hours each way. I appreciate the U trying to fill in the holes where they can, but like many of the other readers here, it’s clear to me that UTA has clearly done irreversible damage to the U’s Public Transit options.

  • Sharon Gerdes says:

    I would love to be able to commute every day via Front Runner and a University shuttle, but until there is a shuttle that operates morning and afternoon and accommodates riders from both the north and south, it isn’t practical. I can drive in 30 minutes compared to 1 1/2 to 2 hours by train, Trax and bus.

  • Graciela Weaver says:

    Thanks. I really appreciate it. I want to suggest star routes in the morning 5:55 in SLC station because many UUH’s workers start work at 6:30 and I want to suggest also, what happens at late evening from 10:50 pm to 11 pm many workers have been finished their shifts on those hours and they live far a way for example, Orem, Provo. They do not have available buse’s routes to get the Frontrunner in SLC Central Station. Trax it does not work.

  • Steven Nordstrom says:

    Thanks so much for the shuttle. They are awesome, and much more favorable than trying to coordinate a transfer from Frontrunner to Trax at Murray Station (and often missing the connection due to late trains). These bus shuttles are REALLY full at certain times, however. Perhaps an additional bus at Salt Lake Central Station for the 7:50 and 8:20 times would be possible?

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