ST. GEORGE – A public hearing will be held at the St. George City Offices Thursday to seek input on a proposed 80-minute Ivins to Hidden Valley SunTran route slated to begin operation early next year. An open house discussing the new route will also be held at Ivins City on Nov. 19
St. George to Ivins
In 2013, St. George and Ivins officials entered into talks about expanding SunTran bus service into Ivins. An agreement was eventually solidified and an order for a bus to service the new St. George to Ivins route was made.
The proposed route will start at Sunset Corners at the intersection of Bluff Street and Sunset Boulevard, and head into Ivins by way of Sunset Boulevard. The route then turns on 200 East, then Center Street which connects to Snow Canyon Parkway heading back to Sunset Corners. Stops along the route would potentially include the Ivins City Office, the Southern Utah Veterans Home, and Tuacahn.
Sunset Corners to Hidden Valley
While the initial route was being set up, another route connecting the Ivins route to another one expanding to the Bloomington Wal-Mart and the Hidden Valley area was also being determined.
“It’s being coordinated with the Ivins route,” said Chris Key, a SunTran supervisor.
Key said the route would pick up riders from the Sunset Corners stop and head toward Bloomington via Valley View Drive, then turn onto Dixie Drive. From there the bus would carry passengers to the Bloomington Wal-Mart, and then go across Interstate 15 up Brigham Road to the area of Hidden Valley and Desert Hills High School. From there the bus would turn around and return to Sunset Corners by way of Bluff Street.
“We wanted to go further, but ran out of time,” Key said.
Each individual route is 40 minutes long. Combined, the Ivins and Bloomington Wal-Mart routes make an 80-minute loop.
Key said they wanted to expand into the Fort Pierce industrial park, but doing so would over-extend the allotted route time.
“We’re at least getting into Hidden Valley,” he said.
Though expanding to the industrial park and beyond may not be immediately possible, Key said, “We plan to expand as need and demand rises.”
Public input and open house
A public hearing for the proposed bus route will he held as a part of a regular meeting of the St. George City Council on Thursday, at 5 p.m., at the St. George City Offices, located at 175 E. 200 North. Pubic hearings generally start around 5:30 p.m.
The Ivins City open house will be from 10 a.m to 6 p.m., Nov. 19. The Ivins City offices are located at 474 N 200 West in Ivins.
“We want to hear from people where the demands are,” Key said. Public input will help city staff determine where the best locations for stops are and where possible route modifications may need to be made.
Three new buses have been ordered for the new routes that are expected to be delivered to the city in late December, with the routes opening to service around Jan. 15, 2015.
Other business to be discussed before St. George City Council:
A public hearing will be held in regards to a proposed ordinance change that will allow high-density student housing around the Dixie State University campus between 700 East and I-15, and from 700 South to the mid-block between St. George Boulevard and Tabernacle Street. Proposed development would create 40 student housing units per acre, with a limit of six students per unit.
As the Nov. 5 meeting will be the first of the month, the public will also be offered a chance to address the City Council in a short public comment period at the beginning of the meeting. Two items are expected to be put before the council during this time:
- Advocates will address the council about creating a nondiscrimination ordinance extending housing and employment protections to members of the LGBT community.
- A crowd is expected to gather at the council meeting in protest over the Monster Mash incident that occurred on Oct. 25. A dance party to be held at the Fiesta Fun Center that day was shut down by police over a disputed special events permit.
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