UTA announces it can’t help you get around on New Year’s Eve

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In a news release dumped at 4:30 on Friday afternoon, UTA informed revelers on New Years Eve that they shouldn’t bother taking the train. Or the bus.

On Dec. 31 TRAX service will terminate at or before midnight and bus service at 7 pm.

Want to travel north-south along the Wasatch Front? Sorry, FrontRunner is stabled.

Those are UTA’s normal Sunday hours — even though it’s not a normal Sunday, and Monday is a holiday. UTA’s Monday’s hours are even worse.

“On New Year’s Day, UTA will only operate Ski Bus with Sunday service,” UTA said in its news release.

With surge pricing for Uber and Lyft also likely to deter people from going out, one wonders why the transit agency is allowed to neglect riders on a holiday known for socializing and drinking until past midnight.

UTA, the Downtown Alliance, and the Mayor’s Office haven’t returned requests for comment.

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Posted by Luke Garrott

Luke Garrott, PhD, has published in The Salt Lake Tribune and the Deseret News, and written features for the Salt Lake City Weekly City Guide and The West View. A former two-term councilman in Salt Lake City's District 4, he lives in Downtown Salt Lake City and grew up in the Chicago area.