- Associated Press - Thursday, January 29, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The Salt Lake City Health Department plans to provide free fare cards to encourage more residents to choose mass transit.

The Deseret News reports (https://bit.ly/1uGJli1) that 2,000 prepaid fare cards will be given out over the next two weeks as part of a pilot program sponsored by the health department and Utah Transit Authority. Officials say they hope to decrease personal vehicle use, which contributes to air pollution during winter inversions and summer ozone periods.

The passes will be preloaded with $10 and can be used on UTA’s county-wide bus and rail system. Five hundred cards will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis at four locations in the valley, beginning Jan. 31.

The transit authority will track how many people activate the cards and how often they are used.

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Information from: Deseret News, https://www.deseretnews.com

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