SALT LAKE CITY — A free ride promotion by the Utah Transit Authority (UTA) on the Friday before Christmas generated an estimated 23,000 extra passengers on the agency’s rail system, with bus ridership staying flat, The Salt Lake Tribune reports.
The agency said the single-day ridership on FrontRunner commuter trains was up by 66% for a total of 30,016 boardings, while ridership on the TRAX light rail was up by 32%, for a total of 79,825 boardings.
Overall on all trains, buses and streetcars, UTA figures ridership increased by 31,732 boardings — up 23% compared with the average of the five preceding weekdays. The agency estimated the free rides day translated into an extra 22,829 riders, helped remove 17,560 cars from the road, and prevented three tons of pollutants and 200 tons of greenhouse gases that day. For the full story, click here.