SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Transit Authority has been working to make bus stops compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act and more rider-friendly.
Over the past two years, cement pads have been added to more than 100 stops. Many of these stops also received shelters and wheelchair ramps.
The upgrades will improve the commutes of thousands of riders, said UTA engineering and construction planner Jacob Splan, who estimates that approximately 7,000 people use the enhanced stops each day.
The bus stop improvements are designed to make the stops more user-friendly, especially for riders who use wheelchairs. The newly installed cement pads allow buses to deploy their ramps and make it easier for riders in wheelchairs to get from the sidewalk to the curb.
Splan said planners used UTA patron feedback when determining which stops to enhance. They also targeted stops near pharmacies, hospitals and community centers. UTA collaborated with cities and other organizations, including Ogden, Centerville, Orem, Tooele and Hill Air Force Base, to fund the upgrades and complete work at the stops.
Splan said planning officials hope to upgrade 50 to 100 more stops in 2015. For more information and a chance to provide feedback and improvement suggestions, visit www.rideuta.com/content/customer-service.aspx.