Many of you have commented recently on the more visible presence of transit officers in the system and requests for proof of fare. For the last two months, UTA has been testing a new fare enforcement program that includes additional personnel in the system and new electronic card readers.
Starting March 1, passengers with an electronic pass will be required to “tap it or ticket.” Cash passengers and monthly paper pass holders will continue to be checked in the same manner.
Your Tap Makes a Difference.
When you tap your card on an electronic card reader UTA collects important data. This data is used to charge your school or business for your actual transit use. Your tap also provides important data for UTA’s service planning group so we can improve overall transit service.
Your tap is how you show proof of fare payment when riding throughout the UTA system.
Not Tapping Your Card Can Result in a Fine
Transit police are initiating more random fare inspections. Tapping your Eco or Ed pass is how you show proof of fare payment when you are inspected.
UTA ordinances allow transit police to issue tickets and fine riders without proof of fare payment. Fines can be up to twice the regular adult monthly pass rate which will be $157 after April 1, 2012.
Please remember to tap your pass as you enter and exit the station platforms to ensure you are not at risk for paying a fine.
The Chocolate – A Dessert Café has two locations easily accessed via UTA bus. Only a few feet away from the West Jordan location, at 9118 South Redwood Road, is a bus stop for Route 218. The Chocolate’s Orem location is at 212 South State, located along Route 850. Both eateries offer sweet desserts in a charming setting.
The Chocolate features signature cakes such as the Kitty Katrina, which is a Madagascan vanilla cake with fruit filling, as well as a variety of offers a variety of gourmet cupcakes in flavors such as mocha chocolate, red velvet, lemon curd and vanilla with butter cream. Not interested in cake? Try their decadent brownies and cookies.
Drinks range from flavored hot chocolate, Italian roast coffee and a complement of soda beverages.
The Chocolate also caters events such as birthday parties and weddings and can create unique wedding cakes with a focus on cake quality and flavor combinations.
Bus route 832 is a long winding route. If you rode from end to end, you would stop by no less than three shopping malls and dozens restaurants. One of the best? Malawi’s Pizza, located at The Shops at Riverwoods.
This unique casual dining establishment is more than just a restaurant though. It’s a cause. For every meal purchased at Malawi’s, a meal is provided to a child in the African nation of Malawi.
The menu features a wide variety of pizzas, as well as pasta, salad and dessert. The generous plates average between $8-10 per person.
The Capri Pizza was a hit.
As well as the Chicken Pesto Pasta.
Head on over to Malawi Pizza and let us know what you think!
*If you know of a locally owned shop or restaurant on a UTA bus or rail line that you think we should review, let us know!
UTA will be offering limited service on Monday, Feb. 20 in observance of the President’s Day holiday.
Bus will operate on a Sunday schedule. Riders should note that there are some bus routes that do not operate on Sunday. Those routes will also not run on the holiday.
TRAX will operate on a Sunday schedule with extended early and late TRAX trains.
- The first Blue line train will depart Sandy at 6:03 a.m.
- The first Red line train will depart Daybreak at 5:56 a.m.
- The first Green line train will depart West Valley Central at 6:01 a.m.
- The last Blue line train will depart Salt Lake Central at 11:12 p.m.
- The last Red line train will depart Medical Center at 11:01 p.m.
- The last Green line train will depart Salt Lake Central at 11:02 p.m.
For more detailed schedules, please visit the President’ Day service announcement on UTA’s website.
There will be no FrontRunner service.
Regular weekday service will resume on Tuesday, Feb. 21.