Just two days remain for members of the community to provide the <a href=”https://www.cvtdbus.org/”>Cache Valley Transit District</a> (CVTD) with feedback relating to numerous options currently under consideration to improve CVTD services. The CVTD posted the <a href=”http://www.cvtdsurvey.org/”>public survey</a> on Feb. 23, and it will remain online through March 3. Approximately five hundred responses have been received so far.
“We know that [the system] doesn’t serve all the needs of everyone,” said Todd Beutler, the CVTD’s general manager and CEO, “and that’s part of what we’re looking at. What are some of the unmet needs out there? Is there a way that we can meet those needs? We just want to better serve the Valley.”
Beutler said past surveys indicate a high level of support for the CVTD, and more than 3,000 people participated in a study conducted in Oct. 2016 that provided input on what would make the public transit system more useful. Based on data collected then, as well as demographic information, ridership patterns and other considerations, the CVTD contracted with transportation planning and traffic consulting engineers from two firms, <a href=”http://www.lsctrans.com/”>LSC Transportation</a> and <a href=”http://www.fehrandpeers.com/”>Fehr & Peers</a>, to develop service alternatives on which the community could provide public comment. Along with answering multiple choice questions related to possible route changes/additions, survey respondents also have the opportunity to make personal recommendations.
Potential service modifications included in the survey include the elimination of one route (Route 3 to Cliffside), the modification of 9 existing routes and the addition of 10 new routes—including the provision of new services to Wellsville, Brigham City and Tremonton and adding an express route to Smithfield.
While not all of the possible changes can or will be implemented, Beutler said the CVTD is collecting information as part of a multi-step process. Responses to the survey will be considered—along with projected increases in operating costs, ridership impacts and other feasibility questions—to develop future implementation plans.
“Really the point of this is to help us design a three to five-year plan of what we think the service could be if funding’s available to grow that service,” said Beutler. “We’re looking for honest feedback from the public on things that are important to them. We really do encourage the public to participate and give us their input. We definitely want to hear from them.”
The CVTD currently operates a fleet of 34 buses, with 26 full-sized vehicles running fixed routes and eight smaller paratransit buses offering curb-to-curb services for patrons with disabilities. With a total operating staff of 110, the CVTD has between 70 and 75 drivers who transport passengers on 1.8 to 2 million trips per year. The public survey is available online at <a href=”http://www.cvtdsurvey.org/”>www.cvtdsurvey.org</a> and can also be completed at the Intermodal Transit Center (ITC), located at 150 E. 500 N. in Logan.