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May 08, 2014
Salt Lake City public transportationWhether you own five cars or one that you only drive for trips up to a ski lodge, knowing the public transportation system in Salt Lake City is helpful for any resident. “The Crossroads of the West” has an impressive system of buses, light-rail lines, and commuter trains, connecting the suburbs to downtown and the whole metropolitan area to many of the top nearby ski resorts. Tourists and urban dwellers may use transit lines most frequently, but any resident of Salt Lake City can take advantage of its public transportation system.

Transportation Methods

Salt Lake City utilizes bus lines to connect every part of the Greater Salt Lake Area, including Ogden, Utah County, and Brigham City. A route even takes Salt Lake City passengers to Park City, and during ski season, special buses take passengers up to the slopes. Commuter trains connect Ogden to Provo with limited stops, operating from 4:30am to midnight on weekdays and 2:00am on Saturday nights. Additionally, three colored lines of light-rail trains converge in downtown Salt Lake City, offering quick and smooth access to most parts of the valley. These run every 15 minutes from 5:30am till 11:30pm on weekdays and with more limited service on the weekends. This trip planner on the Utah Transit Authority (UTA) website is a handy tool when you have longer distances to traverse or need to be somewhere at a specific time.


The Utah Transit Authority (UTA) offers various promotions at different times of the year, so check its website out here before you pay the cash fare for a transit ride. Most ticket vending machines accept cash, major credit cards, and debit cards.  In general, the standard fares on Salt Lake City buses, TRAX trains, and FrontRunner lines are as follows:

  • One-way: $2.50
  • Senior and reduced one-way: $1.25
  • Day pass: $6.25
  • Adult Monthly Pass: $83.75
  • Senior Monthly Pass: $41.75
  • Minor and Student Monthly Pass: $62.75

Free Fare Zone

A section of downtown Salt Lake City has been designated as the Free Fare Zone. If you board a fixed-route bus, paratransit vehicle, or TRAX train in the zone and plan to disembark before leaving the zone, you don’t have to pay anything. Simply tell the driver or transit officer that you plan to remain within the free fare zone and enjoy the easy access to downtown Salt Lake City. If you remain on the bus or train after it leaves the zone, you’ll be required to show a proof of payment. The detailed map of the area can be found here.

If you are looking for a home in Salt Lake City and are interested in purchasing or refinancing your current residence, simply fill out our Fast Response form or call our local branch at (801) 285-9540‎. Our experienced mortgage professionals would love to sit down and discuss your needs. We look forward to hearing from you!

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