Thousands push UTA to offer late-night services

Thousands push UTA to offer late-night services

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – A petition to bring back late-night TRAX and bus rides is gaining momentum.

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – A petition to bring back late-night TRAX and bus rides is gaining momentum.

Jonathan Quist works in Salt Lake but lives in Orem. He uses public transportation almost every day.

"I get off work later in the evening, and I sometimes like to hang out with friends before I go home, but I find it difficult to do when I have to run down to the train station so quickly," Quist explained.

The last TRAX trains leave Salt Lake around 11 P.M. Monday-Saturday. Sundays, you have to jump on by 7 P.M., or else you are on your own.

"Sometimes, i’ll be stuck here late at night. I've had to have my girlfriend come and pick me up at like 2:00 in the morning sometimes, because I can't walk home. I live all the way in Layton," said Martin Camacho, another UTA rider who works in Salt Lake.

Utah Transit Authority schedules have not always been so limited. Ridership dropped when the recession hit, forcing UTA to cut back on late-night and weekend services.

Now, thousands across Utah are pushing for change.

"A lot of people are late-nighters here in Salt Lake City—Salt Lake County especially, so it'd be wonderful if we could have the UTA system running later," said Quist.

The idea is really gaining momentum. Almost 2 thousand people have already signed a petition on moveon.org. UTA riders all seem to agree that this change would be ‘good 4 utah.’

"I also think it would decrease crime rates, because… there are people who can't take public transportation after certain hours, and then they have to find different ways to walk home in the dark..." said Annika Quist, a concerned UTA rider.

UTA did send us this statement about the petition: "UTA is happy that our service is in demand, but we also have to consider requests for Sunday, holiday and additional mid-day service.  We are continually evaluating how to best add service as revenues increase"

To sign the moveon.org petition, click on the following link:

Http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/utah-transit-authority

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