Skip to main content
Intellect

BYU signs one-year contract with UTA

Brigham Young University announced that it has signed a one-year contract with the Utah Transit Authority, allowing all BYU students the opportunity to ride UTA buses and the TRAX system in Salt Lake City by showing their student-identification cards.

The contract will go into effect May 1, 2003. In the meantime, students can continue to ride the bus system as part of a one-year trial program funded by the Mountainland Association of Governments. All routes are available to students, except those going to the canyon resorts.

BYU entered into this contract after careful analysis, which included an on-line survey of all students, faculty and staff, said Student Life Vice President Jan Scharman.

The results of the survey showed that 79 percent of the 7,263 students who responded were very supportive of the bus program, even though it would mean an increase in student parking fees.

Beginning with fall 2003 permits, BYU's student parking fees will increase from $15 to $60 per year, with motorcycle permits at $15. Graduate students will pay $80. Permits to park free in the lot west of LaVell Edwards Stadium will be available through BYU's Traffic/Parking Division.

Even with the increase, Scharman said BYU's student parking is low when compared to other universities. For instance, University of Utah students pay $120 a year.

"Both in the on-line survey and in open discussions, we found that students were very supportive of the eco-pass program, which allows them to ride the bus with their student-identification cards," said Scharman. "We also found that more students were using the bus, which means less traffic congestion at BYU and in our community. In addition, we believe that as ridership increases, it will help to improve the air quality in our valley."

For a number of reasons -- such as time, inadequate routes and need for a car during the workday -- faculty and staff, on the whole, reported that the program would not be beneficial to them.

Those faculty and staff who would like to participate in the eco-pass program, however, can purchase a year-long bus pass for $60, the same amount undergraduate students will pay for a parking pass.

Until April 30, 2003, all faculty and staff can continue to ride the bus with their BYU identification cards.

For information about UTA's routes and services, please visit http://www.utarideshare.com or call 1-888-RIDE-UTA (1-888-743-3882). UTA's "trip planner" feature on its Web site will also help individuals determine which route and times best meet their needs.

For information about BYU parking permits, please contact BYU's Traffic/Parking Division at (801) 378-3906.

Related Articles

data-content-type="article"

As the U.S. obesity epidemic grows, new BYU study shows who is most likely to be part of it

June 23, 2022
BYU researchers found that more than half of American adults in a new study gained 5% or more body weight over a 10-year period. What’s more, more than a third of American adults gained 10% or more body weight and almost a fifth gained 20% or more body weight.
overrideBackgroundColorOrImage= overrideTextColor= overrideTextAlignment= overrideCardHideSection=false overrideCardHideByline=false overrideCardHideDescription=false overridebuttonBgColor= overrideButtonText= overrideTextAlignment=
data-content-type="article"

Bunches of Oats: BYU professors untangle oat's evolutionary history for Nature paper

June 13, 2022
For the first time, researchers have sequenced the entire genome of a modern oat, the Swedish variety “Sang.” BYU plant and wildlife sciences professors Jeff Maughan and Rick Jellen played an important role in the international project, sequencing the genomes of two of oat’s ancient progenitors to elucidate its evolutionary history. The group’s findings were recently published as the cover article in top science journal Nature.
overrideBackgroundColorOrImage= overrideTextColor= overrideTextAlignment= overrideCardHideSection=false overrideCardHideByline=false overrideCardHideDescription=false overridebuttonBgColor= overrideButtonText= overrideTextAlignment=
data-content-type="article"

BYU tapped as major lead in $360 million national water resources effort

June 07, 2022
This spring the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced a massive $360 million grant to fund a four-part initiative to conduct research on water resources nationwide. BYU has been tapped to lead one of the four pillars of this major effort over the next five years.


overrideBackgroundColorOrImage= overrideTextColor= overrideTextAlignment= overrideCardHideSection=false overrideCardHideByline=false overrideCardHideDescription=false overridebuttonBgColor= overrideButtonText= overrideTextAlignment=
overrideBackgroundColorOrImage= overrideTextColor= overrideTextAlignment= overrideCardHideSection=false overrideCardHideByline=false overrideCardHideDescription=false overridebuttonBgColor= overrideButtonText=