A partnership between the Utah Transit Authority and Zions Bank gave away 4,000 weekly transit passes in July traditionally one of the two worst months for air pollution and riders used them for a total of 20,008 boardings. It was successful enough that UTA says it wants more such events in the future.
The numbers show that the free-pass holders averaged five boardings each during the week their passes were in effect. A boarding is each time a rider enters a bus or train. It is not necessarily a full one-way trip because of transfers.
UTA said those numbers included 5,980 boardings on FrontRunner, 7,304 boardings on TRAX, 6,693 boarding on buses and 31 boardings on express buses. Recipients obtained the passes on a first-come, first-served basis by signing up online when the program was announced. Passes were snapped up within a day of each announcement of availability.