A 'Fare-Free-Friday' Is a Rare Thing

The Utah Transit Authority ran a one-time Fare-Free-Friday in December, thanks to sponsorship by the Salt Lake City Council and the Salt Lake County Mayor’s Office. Another sponsor will be needed to support any future iterations of Fare-Free-Friday.

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January 19, 2018, 1:00 PM PST

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell


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"The Utah Transit Authority’s 23-percent ridership increase on a free fare day last month may be a one-time thing unless someone comes forward with a way to pay for another free day," Jeremy Harris.

"The free transit day aimed to get drivers off the road during a particularly bad week of pollution," according to Harris, in a program similar to one in South Korea. In Utah, the Fare-Free-Friday in December. "[Three] tons of vehicle pollution and 200 tons of greenhouse gases were saved by the increased public transit ridership on Dec. 22," adds Harris. "UTA estimates the Free Fare Friday promotion removed 17,560 cars from Utah’s road that day."

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