Easing Students' Commute Drives UTA Ed Pass

OGDEN, Utah – The Utah Transit Authority wants to give Weber State University students a lift.

As of August 1, WSU students, faculty and staff can ride any UTA bus or TRAX light rail service for free, courtesy of UTA's Education (Ed) Pass program.

To ride UTA buses and trains, WSU students, faculty and staff simply present their school I.D. card when boarding a UTA bus or train.  The passes are good through July 31, 2004.

WSU's Craig Dearden, public safety director, said he hopes the program will ease some of the parking and congestion problems on the campus. "The Ed Pass program offers students a dependable way to get to class, without worrying about where they'll have to park," he said.

Funding for the first year of WSU's participation in the Ed Pass program is made possible by a grant from federal Congestion Mitigation Air Quality (CMAQ) funds to Wasatch Front Regional Council, the metropolitan planning organization for Weber, Davis and Salt Lake counties.  After the first year, WSU administration will evaluate student and faculty ridership and determine whether to identify funding to continue the program.

The WSU Ed Pass is valid on UTA's regular bus and TRAX service.  A fare is required for door-to-door paratransit and ski bus services. WSU students and staff can find bus and train information, including route schedules and trip planning, at www.rideuta.com. Students at WSU's Ogden and Davis campuses will be able to use the service.

 "UTA has seen tremendous growth and success with the Ed Pass, and we are pleased to have Weber State join the program," said Art Bowen, UTA regional general manager.  WSU joins Brigham Young University, the University of Utah, Utah Valley State College, Judge Memorial High School, and more than 65 other businesses and organizations who participate in the Ed Pass and Eco Pass programs.

Craig Dearden, director of public safety
801-626-7440 · cdearden@weber.edu

Kent Jorgenson, regional marketing/rideshare specialist

John Kowalewski, director of Media Relations
(801) 626-7212 · jkowalewski@weber.edu