Wednesday, December 14 is the day the Cache Valley Transit District is expected to reach an all-time ridership milestone since operations started in 1992. Two million passengers will have been transported during 2011. The district’s general manager, Todd Beutler, invites everyone to help celebrate the occasion by coming to the Transit Center between 11:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Pizza and drinks will be served in the driver’s room at the transit center at 150 East 500 North in Logan. The increasing growth in ridership has brought new challenges which Beutler says will be addressed in a short range transit study now underway. The CVTD is still fare-free but Beutler says the study will analyze systems that have changed. “That will be a big portion of how it affects ridership, what costs are involved with not only getting a fare up and started but the ongoing cost,” Beutler says. “Does that cost benefit make sense or does it make sense to continue to be fare free for a while? Those are the types of things that we are studying through this fare analysis.” Beutler says since the beginning annual passenger trips have grown from 450,000 in 1992 to 2,000,000 in 2011.
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