CVTD developing strategy to deal with the challenge of growth

Over the past little while, KVNU has talked to representatives from Cache County cities and towns on how to deal with growth, with some estimates that the population of the valley will more than double in the coming decades. But along with the question of where are people going to live and in what type of density housing, the question has been asked about where people are going to drive and what role mass transit continues to play?

On KVNU’s For the People program on Monday, Cache Valley Transit District (CVTD) CEO and General Manager Todd Beutler said growth is something they’re making plans for and discussing as well.

“We’re actually excited from a transit perspective that we’re seeing some of the high-density housing going in. I know that can be controversial and I applaud the cities for going through that process and trying to determine where best to put those. But as we see more and more high-density housing going in, those are things that help transit to be more successful,” said Beutler.

“So when we look to the future, what we want to do is make sure that the current system continues to function well, that it’s reliable with something that’s dependable.”

He admits that right now with the congestion, the residential sprawl and more vehicles on the street it has been a struggle for buses to stay on time. He said what they hear from people who ride the bus and those who don’t is that it needs to be more convenient. Beutler said they need to implement some more express routes to outlying communities. He said they also need to better use app technology.

“We’ve already got a real-time bus location service, in that we provide that out to the public and then we allow app developers to develop those apps. We’re trying to figure out how do we make those apps more robust, because we’ve heard that they’re something that needs to be developed better.

“So we know that we need to embrace technology to make that more convenient for the user to have the immediate location of the bus, ’how far is it ’til the bus comes to my stop?’, that type of technology.”

If you would like to know more about the CVTD discussion and planning aspect you can listen to the board meetings, read the agendas and more at www.cvtdbus.org.

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