Commuters traveling between Preston and Logan get transportation upgrade

LOGAN – Commuters traveling between Preston and Logan are experiencing an upgrade in their transportation, by way of a new bus.

Thanks to a partnership between the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and Cache Valley Transit District (CVTD), a new 40-foot coach bus was purchased by DEQ with federal grant money.

CVTD General Manager Todd Buetler said the goal is to encourage more people to use CVTD and help protect our air quality.

“It’s about 13 years newer than the previous bus,” according to Buetler. “The emissions technology is improved and it’s going to help us reduce emissions. It continues to help us provide that service and get people out of their cars which also helps reduce emissions in the valley,” he said.

Buetler said the Preston-to-Logan route is heavily utilized with dedicated commuters choosing to ride the bus rather than drive. In addition to the core group that travels every day, a number of people ride the bus two to three times a week for work and shopping.

“We’re always looking at how we can make things more convenient and how we can increase ridership,” said Buetler. “The new bus has nicer seats and runs a little smoother. There are some passenger amenities that help make it a little bit more comfortable.”

CVTD received four new buses in June that were put into service on July 1, 2019. Each vehicle cost $435,000. DEQ covered 100% of the cost of the Preston bus.

CVTD contracts with Pocatello Regional Transit (PRT) to provide service between Preston and Logan. The bus runs between the two cities twice in the morning and afternoon on weekdays. PRT runs cutaway buses mid-day.

Commuters can catch the bus in Preston at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints chapel at 100 East and 500 North, and in Logan at the CVTD Transit Center, 150 East and 500 North. There are multiple stops along the bus route that are free to ride. For more information on CVTD routes, visit https://cvtdbus.org/, and for PRT routes, https://pocatellotransit.com/

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