- All the Utah County bus schedules are changing, again. Utah County got a number done on them last change day, and here are all the schedules changing again. It seems like most of the routes made it through relatively painlessly, although there are a couple of awkward gaps in the schedule in the middle of the day that weren't there before (see the 821 and 831 schedules, for example). The 11:00 p.m. 830 trips that I so love were preserved, however.
- None of the routes changed routing. Thank heavens. We've been spared that until April, when there will have to be a few changes of necessity due to the Airport line opening, which I can't imagine not being a good thing (though I'm sure the local news will find ways to make it seem like the end of the world, as with every other UTA change in recent history).
- Overall travel times should be shorter IF you have a connection to make. I've seen some frustration in the internets recently about FrontRunner taking longer to get where it's going now. This is true, if you drive to the station. However, if you're trying to make a bus connection in Provo, a more reliable schedule would reduce the time you spend waiting for your bus. I have yet to make a scheduled bus connection in Provo (though I did manage one in Orem, once), and it would be really nice to wait five, instead of thirty-five, minutes. Arrivals at the scheduled time could also serve to uncomplicate things for those who drive to train stations as well, if excessive delays can be avoided.
- I'm thinking of getting a Twitter account tonight for the sole reason that when someone tweets @rideuta something about "WHY CAN'T YOU CONNECT TO THE STUPID 228! UTA YOU SUCK!" I can tweet back, "WHY CAN'T YOU JUST TAKE ROUTE 3? AND END QUESTIONS WITH QUESTION MARKS? AND PUT COMMAS AFTER DIRECT ADDRESSES? #bueller"
- I predict that in a little while, maybe a few months, maybe a year or two, all this kerfuffle about FrontRunner being late will blow over, the schedule will get trimmed back down, and FrontRunner South will settle into becoming an ever-increasing force for good in our area. Some may think this overly optimistic, but I do have a precedent: FrontRunner North in 2008.
We'll just have to see how it goes tomorrow . . .