The Basin Transit Authority is listening to its ridership and has been adjusting schedules to better meet the needs of commuters.
As the schedule and routes have been adjusted, the transit service is seeing increased ridership. Tickets are still a bargain at $1 per person, per ride. Trips around Vernal on the Red Route are free of charge.
“We had tons of requests to be able to change our schedules to meet work schedule needs of riders,” Transit Manager Colt Miller said. “Also, we needed to make the schedules easier on our drivers.”
By adjusting bus schedules so that there were bus routes between Duchesne and Roosevelt, and bus routes between Roosevelt and Vernal, BTA has been able to increase frequencies on the routes and give the drivers a better work schedule, according to Miller.
“In Duchesne, we were going there three times a day,” he said. “Now we are going there five times a day. People can use the bus more frequently.”
Vernal is about the same at six runs a day, but BTA has adjusted the times to meet the workplace needs of the riders.
“We tried to make it better for people that go to school, or UBATC, or the hospital,” Miller said. “We’re trying to get people here at 6 and 8 a.m., that’s when a lot of the jobs start for people here.”
The changes are slowly being recognized by riders and commuters.
“One bus recently had 18 riders on it, two people were standing,” Miller said. “Riders told the driver that we should expect another seven riders on that run.”
To go to the next level, BTA will need to increase capacity.
“We’ve been working with Duchesne and Uintah Counties and the Tribe to purchase a larger bus that would service a Vernal route to the Indian Healthcare Clinic in Roosevelt,” Miller said. “That route and time are also popular with the commuters.”
The original agreement with all partners provided a three-year operating window to get started.
“The Utah Department of Transportation allows us to go get grants every year,” Miller said. “We are up to 2015 or 2016 now with grants that we have applied for and we have been awarded funding through 2014.”
The BTA is working on getting a new schedule on the internet and it should be up shortly. The printed schedule has also been revised and made easier to read.
For more information contact the BTA — 435 722 4518. Internet information will soon be available at www.rideBTA.com.