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New shuttle service links Logan, Salt Lake

Published: Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Updated: Monday, August 9, 2010 14:08

For students in little old Logan, an escape can become necessary sometimes.

Now that's getting easier - and cheaper - as a bus route has been established between Logan and Salt Lake City by Salt Lake Express.

For $27, students and other Logan residents can hop on one of the three daily buses from Logan to the Salt Lake City Airport and downtown Salt Lake.

The service is replacing the Greyhound carrier, Rimrock Trailways bus services. The route originates in Butte, Mont., and stops in several Eastern Idaho cities, including Idaho Falls and Pocatello, as well as Logan, Brigham City and Ogden.

Kathy Pope, marketing director, said the shuttle is a great alternative to paying for gas.

"We drop you right off at the front step, we unload your luggage and off you go," she said.

Pope said the route serving Southeastern Idaho carried 65,000 passengers last year, and this year, with the expansion to Logan, is expected to carry at least 135,000 passengers.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held by the Cache Chamber of Commerce at the Logan Transit Center Thursday. Ambassadors from the Chamber of Commerce attended the ceremony as well as Logan Mayor Randy Watts.

Watts said it is important to tie in Utah and Idaho with a route that serves all of Cache Valley.

"We always like to ride with our people from Idaho," he said. "This is exciting. We applaud you."

Pope said the service from Idaho to Utah has been operating for nine years. She said the bus route "flourished there," as did a route up to Boise. She said the amount of passengers using the route from Idaho to Utah has doubled in the last two years.

"Each time gas went up, so did our passengers," she said.

Signs at the ceremony listed the benefits of using the bus service, which include reclining seats, snacks and riding with fellow Cache Valley natives, not on "a crowded bus stuffed with weird strangers from who knows where."

She said the presence of USU's student body was a big factor in the decision to establish a route between Logan and Salt Lake, and coming to Logan was "really logical."

"We knew we had a base there," she said.

Pam Allen, ambassador chair of the Chamber of Commerce, said since the Chamber supports businesses in the valley, the ambassadors try to help make people aware of new businesses coming in.

-elizabeth.lawyer@aggiemail.usu.edu

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