Moab-SLC bus service could start in June
by Rudy Herndon
Staff Writer
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The long wait for passenger bus service between southeastern Utah and the Wasatch Front is almost over, but operations won’t begin quite as soon as the contractor hoped.

Elevated Transit is tentatively planning to launch once-daily service from Blanding and Moab to Salt Lake City some time in early June. Company CEO Steven Fuller is eager to get things started, but he told The Times-Independent that he can’t commit to a firm starting date until a bus manufacturer delivers his three-vehicle fleet.

Fuller anticipates that the buses will begin to arrive in Utah late this month.

In the meantime, his company is finalizing its operating agreements with the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) and Greyhound. It’s also developing a website, which should be up and running within the next few weeks, according to Fuller.

Once everything is in place, Elevated Transit plans to offer once-daily service in both directions between Blanding and Salt Lake City International Airport. Along the way, the buses are scheduled to stop in Monticello, Moab, Green River, Price, Spanish Fork, Provo and downtown Salt Lake.

“We are very excited to get the wheels rolling,” Fuller said May 8.

The service is funded through $4 million grant, and ultimately aims to improve passengers’ access to various transit systems along the route, according to regional UDOT spokesman Kevin Kitchen.

“One of the real goals here is to be able to tie into other transit systems,” Kitchen told The Times-Independent in February.

Elevated Transit’s fleet will include two 35-passenger coaches, along with a backup vehicle, that come equipped with Wi-Fi Internet service, televisions, lavatories and comfortable seating. The Glaval Synergy coaches will also be equipped to accommodate disabled passengers, as required by the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

At some point before service begins, area residents will have a chance to tour the buses during open house meetings in Moab and Blanding.

“The purpose would be to allow the members of the community to check out the buses and have an opportunity for a short ride,” Fuller said.

Once the service begins, the daily northbound bus is tentatively scheduled to depart from Utah State University Eastern’s Blanding campus at 7:24 a.m. Fuller is planning two stops in Moab: an 8:50 a.m. stop at 300 S. Main St., followed by an 8:57 a.m. stop at the Lions Park Transit Hub just north of town. After additional stops along the way, the bus is scheduled to reach Salt Lake’s airport at 1:46 p.m. each afternoon.

The daily southbound bus is scheduled to leave the Salt Lake airport at 8:04 a.m. It is set to arrive at Moab’s Lions Park Transit Hub at 12:55 p.m. each day, followed by a 1:02 p.m. stop at 300 S. Main St. Arrival times in Blanding had not been set as of press time this week.

Both schedules are subject to change, pending final UDOT and Greyhound approval.

Elevated Transit is currently accepting résumés via email for bus driver and on-board attendant positions; applications should be sent to: Alicia@ElevatedTransit.com.

Applicants would need to start work in Blanding at 7:20 a.m. each day. Weekly shifts for both positions will run for 30 to 40 hours, and employees will receive benefits, Fuller said.

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