UTA On Demand Service Makes Switch to All-Electric in Tooele

Electric Vans and Charging Stations Replacing Gas Powered Vehicles

WHAT: Tooele County UTA On Demand Electrification Launch

WHEN: Thursday, October 19, 2023 / Noon-12:30 p.m.

WHERE: Tooele Senior Citizens Center / 59 E. Vine Street, Tooele, Utah 84074


  • Jeff Acerson, UTA Board of Trustees
  • Cindy Terwilliger, Federal Transit Administration Representative
  • Debbie Winn, Tooele City Mayor
  • Neil A. Critchlow, Grantsville City Mayor
  • Jeff Coombs, Executive Director, Tooele County Health
  • Jay Fox, UTA Executive Director

The Utah Transit Authority, in partnership with Tooele County, the Federal Transit Administration, UCAIR, Rocky Mountain Power, and Via Transportation, will figuratively flip the switch at noon on Thursday, October 19, 2023, at the Tooele Senior Citizens Center (59 E. Vine Street, Tooele) to launch an all-new fleet of electric vehicles for UTA On Demand.

UTA is replacing its gasoline powered vehicles with a fleet of ten (10) Ford E-transit vans which seat six, are powered by electricity, and are ADA accessible. As part of the transition, UTA has also installed thirteen (13) Level 2 overnight chargers, and six (6) Level 3 fast charging ports.

The updated On-Demand microtransit service in Tooele County will provide affordable transportation for a rural area that has seen ridership triple during the past year. This switch to all-electric service will not only provide better coverage, increased access and greater flexibility for riders, it will also reduce carbon dioxide emissions. In the initial months of operation, the EPA estimates a reduction in emissions of 2.7 metric tons.

“Expanding public transportation beyond the Salt Lake Valley is not just about connecting communities,” says Kim Frost, Executive Director at UCAIR. “It’s vital to advancing a more sustainable and inclusive future.”

UTA has a 5 year operating agreement with Tooele County. $1.7 million dollars in federal funding has already been invested for the capital costs of this project, which addresses the critical First/Last Mile challenge preventing potential riders from using public transportation.

UTA On Demand is an innovative form of transportation that connects riders with other transit services like TRAX, FrontRunner, or Bus as well as to other destinations in the community. The app-based technology matches multiple riders headed in a similar direction into a single vehicle, allowing for quick and efficient shared trips.

Trips must start and end within the designated service area. After booking a ride, the app will display the pick-up location. On Demand is a corner-to-corner service, with pick-ups and drop offs close to rider destinations. This is a shared ride service so riders may board with others in the vehicle or stop along the way to pick up other passengers. Riders are advised to plan ahead to provide enough time to reach the destination. Wait times can range between 15-30 mins when there is high demand for rides.

UTA On Demand is in four zones located in Tooele County, Southern Salt Lake County, Salt Lake City Westside, and South Davis County.

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