LOGAN — The Cache Valley Transit District is poised to unveil their most significant service expansion in 12 years on Monday as the LOOP officially begins service. The LOOP connects major shopping centers on the North and South ends of Logan, the historic Logan downtown district, and Utah State University campus—all with no transfers and buses running every 15 minutes during peak hours.
Todd Beutler, CVTD CEO and General Manager, says the expanded service is a response to the challenges of a growing population and increased traffic problems.
“This has been years in the works, really. When you’re designing bus service, you’re trying to anticipate the growth of the valley and the needs of the valley going forward. You’re also taking a lot of input, and so, over the years we’ve sought a lot of input from the public, from elected officials, business leaders (etc). To try and meet the growing need of the community,” Beutler said.
The LOOP will offer more direct service with no transfers for over 60% of CVTD routes and major destinations.
“If you get on this loop you can hit a lot of those major stops. It connects the university to downtown Logan which is something that obviously Mayor (Holly)Daines wanted to see – that connection. It provides that service along Main street that we feel is necessary to try and reduce some of the traffic flow along Main street, to give people another option to get around.”
Daines adds that the LOOP will be the most convenient way to connect to work, campus, shopping, dining, entertainment, recreation, community services, activities, and events. She said it will be the easiest way to get around downtown Logan.
CVTD Board Chair Holly Broome-Hyer stated in a release, “January 6, 2020 will be an exciting day as the LOOP goes into service. This has been in the making for some time and will benefit the community for years to come.”
The public is invited to the LOOP ribbon cutting ceremony at the CVTD Transit Center located at 150 E. 500 N. in Logan on Monday, January 6th at 10:00 a.m. Complimentary LOOP-branded winter beanies will be given to the first 200 attendees and visitors will hear firsthand from District, Logan City and Cache County officials about how the LOOP is specifically designed to meet the ever-expanding transportation needs of Cache Valley residents and visitors.
Beutler said the head signs above the bus will identify whether it’s “blue” or “green” loop – denoting which direction it is going. Also there will be new signage at stops indicating a blue or green loop stop. Also updated maps and brochures as well. There are several different apps available where you can track your bus in real time and the transit app. You can get more details at www.cvtdbus.org.
Even with expanded service, Beutler said CVTD remains fare free.