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The City of Moab is excited to launch the Moab Area Transit (MAT) pilot program. MAT is a new, fare-free transit service that will provide residents and visitors with more options for day-to-day transportation in Moab.
The community is invited to celebrate the launch of MAT at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, March 16 at 10 a.m. in the Moab Information Center parking lot, located at the southeast corner of Center and Main streets.
The Moab Area Transit program includes an on-demand microtransit service that will provide door-to-door transportation to and from any location within the broader service area. Transportation will be provided using comfortable MAT-branded 13-passenger vans. By simply downloading the MAT app on a mobile phone, or by calling 1-833-MAT-FREE, residents can schedule a ride during regular service hours.
MAT microtransit service will operate from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily from March 16 to Oct. 15, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, Oct. 16 to March 15.
MAT also includes a fixed-route service that will bring riders to predetermined destinations along Main Street. This route will provide regular stops between the Fairfield Inn north of town to the Utah State University Moab campus at Aggie Boulevard.
One goal of the fixed route is to reduce downtown traffic congestion by providing a transportation option that encourages visitors to leave their vehicles at their hotels and instead travel downtown for shopping and dining via the MAT 13-passenger vans. Residents are also invited to take advantage of the fixed-route service for quick travel along Moab’s Main Street.
The fixed-route transit service will operate from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily from March 16 to Oct. 15. There will be no fixed-route service from Oct. 16 to March 15.
“Moab Area Transit will be an invaluable resource for all residents and visitors looking for new ways to navigate Moab,” said City of Moab Transit Coordinator Richard Lory. “A big step toward creating a more walkable city, this service will help to promote active transportation, decrease traffic, and increase accessibility.”
Funding for the Moab Area Transit pilot program is provided through a Utah Hotspot grant administered by the Utah Department of Transportation, with additional funding from the City of Moab and Grand County.