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Legislative proposal would do away with UTA fares, for good


A UTA light rail TRAX train on January 27, 2022 (Roger McDonough | KCPW)

A bill at this year’s legislative session aims to help clean up the air in northern Utah by making it easier for people to choose transit over their cars. The proposal by Salt Lake Democratic Rep. Joel Briscoe would do away with fares collected by the Utah Transit Authority, making busses, light rail and the Frontrunner train free to ride. Briscoe wants to coax people out of their cars by making public transit more convenient, and for good reason: a recent study found that air pollution shortens life expectancy in Utah by two years. And, according to the Utah Division of Air Quality, vehicles are the single largest source of PM 2.5 particulate pollution in our region.

Rep. Joel Briscoe (D—Salt Lake City)
Rep. Stephen Handy (R—Layton)
Tim Sullivan, author and planner

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