A continuation of the FAREPAY discount, improved amenities, additional service and better technology are coming to riders in 2017. The UTA Board of Trustees approved the 2017 budget Dec. 14 after a lengthy public feedback process that included a month-long comment period and a public hearing. Read on to learn more about system improvements coming in the new year.

FAREPAY Discount Extended

The FAREPAY discount will be extended until Dec. 31, 2017. Riders who pay with FAREPAY, UTA’s reloadable fare card, will automatically receive 40 percent off bus fare, 20 percent off TRAX and S-Line fare and up to 20 percent off FrontRunner fare.

Improved Service and Amenities

In 2017, riders can take advantage of service improvements like a new ski bus route to Snowbasin Resort and amenities like bus shelters, bike lanes and trails that connect to transit hubs. The 2017 budget also funds a continuation of service improvements made in August, such as improved service in Davis and Weber counties and Saturday service on flex routes. Learn more about 2017 service and amenities improvements here

New Technology, Station Maintenance and Vehicle Maintenance

In 2017, UTA will dedicate resources to completing a Wi-Fi upgrade on FrontRunner and improving Wi-Fi on all express buses. Electronic card readers will be upgraded, and the video safety system on TRAX will be enhanced to allow transit police to quickly access footage. UTA will also conduct maintenance on TRAX stations and vehicles to keep them in good condition. Learn more about 2017 state of good repair projects here.

Learn more about the 2017 budget here. The final budget will be posted here in coming days.