UTA offering free or reduced fares in February

Jan 18, 2023, 3:11 PM | Updated: 6:52 pm
With an adjusted schedule to the ski resorts, UTA says if you plan to ride a bus to the resort, you...
With an adjusted schedule to the ski resorts, UTA says if you plan to ride a bus to the resort, you need to plan ahead. Photo credit: Jeffrey D. Allred/Deseret News

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SALT LAKE CITY — Public transit will be more affordable in February 2023.

On Wednesday, the Utah Transit Authority Board along with  Salt Lake City Mayor  Erin Mendenhall announced cheap or zero-fare days in a campaign dubbed ‘All-Star Week: Basketball, zero fare, and clean air.’

This means ten zero-fare days, Feb. 12-21 which is during NBA All-Star week. Additionally, a special ticket-as-fare program will be in place all month.

“We are thrilled to provide zero fare for ten days surrounding the NBA All-Star events hosted by the Utah Jazz.” UTA Board Chair Carlton Christensen said, “This is part of our efforts to support the community, boost Utah’s economy, and join with our partners in welcoming thousands of visitors to the region and to Utah.”

According to a press release, the ten zero fare days associated with the NBA All-Star activities provide free access to UTA’s system along the Wasatch Front. The program includes FrontRunner, TRAX all bus services including Ski Bus, Paratransit and UTA On-Demand.

Mayor Mendenhall said the Free Fare February last year showed that free access to transit resulted in cleaner air, more ridership, and reduced congestion.

“I so appreciate UTA and the many businesses who helped Salt Lake City lead that effort, and we’re thrilled to join them again in welcoming basketball fans to our city and state with another zero-fare event,” said Mendenhall in the release. 

UTA is also providing a ticket-as-fare promotion for airport travelers for the entire month of February for those with a valid day-of-travel airline ticket.

This means anyone flying into, or out of, either the Salt Lake City International Airport or Provo  Municipal Airport can grab a free ride. The rider needs a printed or digital airline boarding pass dated for a valid day of travel.

“As an organization, the UTA team including our operators and all our support personnel are looking forward to welcoming the world to the All-Star games,” said UTA Executive Director Jay Fox.

“For us, this is an opportunity to show our customers, visitors to the area, and community leaders we are up to the task and prepared for a possible 2030 or 2034 Olympic games in Salt Lake City.”

For more information about UTA’s zero fare promotions surrounding the NBA All-Star Game, visit UTA online. 

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