Salt Lake City, Utah (ABC4) – UTAs Transit is offering a free fare on its FrontRunner, TRAX and bus services February 12-21 to coincide with NBA All-Star Week in Salt Lake City.
During the ten tariff-free days, anyone along the Wasatch Frontline can use UTA transit to get to downtown Salt Lake City and enjoy the week-long celebrations leading up to the All-Star Game on Saturday, February 19th .
Free travel includes free transit to and from Salt Lake International Airport or Provo Municipal Airport throughout February with a valid air ticket for the day of travel. February flyers can use any of UTA’s transit systems for free using either a printed or digital airline boarding pass as a transit ticket, giving anyone flying to Utah for the NBA game easier access to Utah cities.
As an added bonus, the free fare extends to UTA ski buses, giving Snowbirds a benefit for free rides on Utah’s slopes including Alta, Snowbird, Solitude, Snowbasin and more.
Carlton Christensen, Chairman of UTA’s Board of Trustees, said in a statement the company is excited to offer this opportunity to Utah residents and travelers.
“This is part of our effort to support the community, boost Utah’s economy and, together with our partners, welcome thousands of visitors to the region and Utah,” said Christensen.
Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall showed her support for UTA’s free NBA All-Star fare, saying the February 2022 free fare proved that free transit access resulted in cleaner air, more passengers and less traffic congestion.
While thousands of people who will be flocking to Utah for the NBA All-Star event and taking advantage of Utah’s incredible winter mountains will welcome the move to offer free fare, UTA hopes it will do more.
With rider numbers no doubt set to increase in February, UTA is hoping to use the NBA All-Star Game as a case study for Salt Lake City’s Olympic bid.
“As an organization, the UTA team, including our operators and all of our support staff, looks forward to welcoming the world to the All-Star Games,” said UTA CEO Jay Fox. “For us, this is an opportunity to show our customers, area visitors and community leaders that we are up to the task and prepared for a possible 2030 or 2034 Salt Lake City Olympics.”