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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, October 28, 2021 (Gephardt Daily) – The Utah Transit Authority announced Thursday that the UTA On Demand microtransit service is arriving in Salt Lake City.

The service will launch on December 13 in the western neighborhoods of Salt Lake City, serving Rose Park, Poplar Grove, Fairpark and Glendale.

“This innovative form of on-demand transportation uses app-based technology to plan trips and match multiple passengers heading in a similar direction in a single vehicle, with a route that allows for quick and efficient shared trips,” said said a press release from UTA.

“Originally launched in southern Salt Lake County two years ago, UTA On Demand is growing in popularity by offering a variety of trips to local destinations within the community, connecting with d ‘other bus and train services and providing first and last mile transport solutions. “

Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall said, “This exciting new service is a welcome addition to public transportation for our city’s Westside community. This pilot program combines the convenience of on-demand service with the affordability of public transit in a way that will greatly benefit our residents. I am so happy that there will be additional transportation that the residents of Westside can rely on for travel, shopping, entertainment and more.

Service to Salt Lake City will be available seven days a week, 4:00 a.m. to 12:15 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Sunday. Runners can book travel by downloading the UTA On Demand app, available on the App Store or Google Play. Travel must begin and end in the designated service area. After booking a trip, the app displays the pick-up location. UTA On Demand is a corner-to-corner service, so passengers are picked up and dropped off near their point of departure and arrival. Cyclists who do not have a cell phone can plan trips by calling 385-217-8191.

UTA On Demand is also accessible to people with disabilities. Passengers using a mobility aid can request a ride from an accessible van by selecting wheelchair accessibility in their profile. Once activated, all trips will be reserved for an accessible vehicle.

“We are delighted to partner with Salt Lake City to launch another UTA On Demand service,” said Carlton Christensen, Chairman of the Board of UTA. “This service will truly benefit residents of the western part of Salt Lake City with increased mobility, connections to our other transit services, and access to their local community. We appreciate Salt Lake City’s support and vision for innovative transit solutions.

Passengers can pay for their journeys in the UTA On Demand application using a credit or debit card, a FAREPAY card or pass such as Eco Pass or Ed Pass linked to your account. These cards can be added in the app. They can also pay with a valid UTA paper or mobile ticket. Cash is not accepted for UTA On Demand travel.

For more information on UTA On Demand and the new service in Salt Lake City, click here.


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