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Salt Lake City — The Utah Transit Authority (UTA) and UCAIR, the Utah Clean Air Partnership, are teaming up to help improve air quality along the Wasatch Front. Over the next few weeks, UTA give away 5,000 free public transportation passes through its RideClear program.
The passes are good for seven consecutive days of unlimited use on UTA trains and buses between Feb. 17 and March 31. Organizers hope the passes will encourage residents to leave their cars at home and opt for a more environmentally friendly form of transportation.
Winter is a critical time to reduce vehicle travel along the Wasatch Front, because of inversions that settle in during periods of cold temperatures and clear skies. Particulate matter and other pollutants emitted by automobiles become trapped within the cold air layer, creating unhealthy air quality conditions.
“UCAIR is focused on educating, encouraging and empowering everyone to take actions that can improve our air quality,” said Ted Wilson, UCAIR executive director. “Transit can be a big part of the solution. With this program, UTA is enabling individuals to make a different choice in how they get around, which in turn improves air quality.”
To promote the use of public transportation for improved air quality, UTA will give away RideClear passes at UTARideClear.com and select locations over the next several weeks. To find out when a new batch of cards has been released, people are urged to check the web site or follow UTA on Facebook and Twitter.
RideClear passes are good for seven days after the first day of use. Passes are limited to a maximum of two cards per household over the course of the promotion. Those that register online will receive their passes through the mail.