The initiative beginning in August 2018 is a collaboration among BYU, Utah Valley University and UTA to “promote clean air and reduce traffic congestion.“
The schools will also provide passes for spouses and other dependents. The announcement was made Thursday jointly with UVU. Officials say together, the two universities will provide free UTA access to more than 100,000 people a year. The program will continue for at least the next 10 years.
“This has been an important collaboration among UTA, UVU and BYU to benefit not just students and employees, but all of Utah County,” said Jan Scharman, BYU’s student life vice president in a news release.
UTA’s Bus Rapid Transit System (BRT) is currently under construction in Utah County. The route, scheduled to launch in August 2018, will connect Provo and Orem in a 10.5-mile, 18-stop continuous bus loop. UTA says the BRT line with take thousands of cars off local roads each day.
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