Will UTA Passes Stay Cheap?

If UTA carries through with their decision to raise the price of their student pass, students without a car or who prefer to save the cost of gas may need to find another means of transportation. The Utah Transit Authority recently released a statement about reviewing the Ed Pass program, a discounted pass available to students, and it would raise the cost.  The pilot program at Salt Lake Community College will offer the pass for $25 a month, and if UTA doesn’t find a significant decrease in ridership, the program will be implemented system-wide. “UVU and UTA haven’t discussed changing fees,” according to Gerry Carpenter, public spokesperson for UTA, although it’s not implausible that could change. Carpenter explains that UTA’s student pass is $49.75 a month. Each of the many schools in the program – from smaller colleges like Westminster and the LDS Business College to bigger campuses like the University of Utah – choose individually how to subsidize the price. For example, our BYU neighbors pay $120 and the school pays for the rest, subsidizing with other student fees. UVU does the same, but for $20. That’s unlimited access to all the buses throughout Utah and Salt Lake county, as well as access to the tracks. But there are more benefits to the pass than just a cheap way to get around what Lieutenant Governor Greg Bell recently said...

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