FAREPAY, the Utah Transit Authority’s new pre-paid, reloadable electronic fare card, will be available for purchase starting Monday, October 14. For a limited time, riding with FAREPAY will allow passengers to save up to 20 percent off the regular cash fare price for local and express buses, TRAX and FrontRunner.
To celebrate, UTA will be giving away FAREPAY cards preloaded with $15 tomorrow morning at TRAX and FrontRunner stations. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to find out where you can get a FAREPAY card.
The fare promotion is designed to encourage cash-paying riders to switch to FAREPAY and quickly become familiar with how it works. FAREPAY is designed to make riding public transit more convenient, because riders don’t have to carry cash, have exact change or wait in line at ticket vending machines. FAREPAY will also enable UTA to gather better ridership data and adjust service accordingly.
UTA’s FAREPAY promotion will run through March 14, 2014. The discount is valid on all UTA except ski bus, paratransit and Park City Connect services. Seniors and disabled riders who qualify for reduced fare can also take advantage of the promotion by contacting UTA Customer Service to receive a FAREPAY card that honors the reduced fare discount.
Getting Started with FAREPAY
FAREPAY cards will be available online or at UTA Customer Service centers beginning Oct. 14. Retail merchants, including select Walgreens, Wal-Mart, 7-Eleven and Associated Food Stores, will be rolling out FAREPAY cards in the following days and weeks. A full list of participating merchants is available at farepay.rideuta.com. Reduced fare cards must be purchased at UTA Customer Service centers. There is a one-time $3 activation fee to purchase a FAREPAY card, which can then be loaded with any amount between $5 and $500.
FAREPAY cards must be activated before use. Cards purchased at UTA Customer Service centers or retail merchants are activated at the register. Cards purchased by mail must be activated online before use.
FAREPAY users can register and create an account online at farepay.rideuta.com. Registering your FAREPAY card will allow you to check your balance, schedule automatic reloads, ensure loss and theft protection and more.
Riding with FAREPAY
Use your FAREPAY card to tap on before boarding a bus or train and tap off when transferring or exiting the system. If riding TRAX, only tap between the first and last stations. You do not need to tap when transferring between TRAX lines.
Remember to tap off to ensure that you’re charged the correct amount. If you forget to tap off, you will not receive a transfer credit. If riding FrontRunner, you’ll be charged for a full-length trip.
FAREPAY can be used on FrontRunner, TRAX, fixed-route and flex buses, and on the Sugar House streetcar when it opens in December. FAREPAY cards cannot be used on paratransit services, which aren’t equipped with electronic card readers.