1. No route in Utah County is the same. Not a one. This is to be expected; if FrontRunner were to open without any changes to the bus routes, a total of . . . zero routes would connect to it in Provo and Orem. But these changes are more than just little diversions off the main roads to pull into FrontRunner stations. Whole areas of the county have been rethought. The express trips to Salt Lake are gone, of course, with vestigial 805, 806, and 807 connecting to FrontRunner instead of downtown. A few areas that used to get service and then had it cut seem to be getting it back. BYU and the Transit Center are not nearly as busy without the expresses, and with fewer local routes beginning and ending there (a current problem at the Transit Center). We saw this coming for BYU. I don't think I need to beat that dead horse anymore.
2. The future Green Line. Route 550 is going to be TRAX for a few months until the Airport line is done. It's going to run every fifteen minutes, and stop on North Temple near the TRAX stations. Trains hold a lot more than buses. I wonder if this bus is suddenly going to become very full at certain times of day. In my experience, the 517 and the 218 are the two buses that clear out the most people when they pull through Central; both of them let lots of people off on North Temple. I'll be curious to see how it works out. And very happy, of course, when the Airport line actually opens. Huzzah!
3. Rose Park v2.0. When you put the 506, 510, and 512 on a piece of paper together, they look quite nice; it really is quite an elegant solution to the problem of how to distribute people to TRAX and to downtown at the same time from this area. (I may put the picture up in another post.) I figured things were going to change in this neck of the woods when TRAX opened. If you have ever ridden the 519 or the 520 the wrong way (especially if it wasn't on purpose!), you know how long it can take to get in and out of this neighborhood. It's amazing what you can come up with when you don't have to spend, like, 15 minutes out of every trip just looping through downtown.
4. Go to a public hearing. If you have thoughts or suggestions about the many changes that are happening in conjunction with the Big Day, GO TO A PUBLIC HEARING. There are two in Salt Lake and three in Utah County. As one who has been to many, many UTA public hearings, I can tell you that it's worth your time to go. If you don't understand something, you can ask questions about it. If you don't like something, you can put it on the official record. If enough people want something to change, it will change. But it won't change if you don't go. I'm going to try to at least hit one of the Utah County hearings, so if you see me, say hi!