For Salt Lake Community College students and faculty, traveling around town has never been easier – or cheaper.
Earlier this year, Utah Transit Authority enabled free access for members of the SLCC community with a valid OneCard. UTA benefits are already active for students who received their card after June 15.
In previous years, SLCC provided access to UTA services at a discount rate. The new program further helps individuals who might not be able to afford passes by offering the ability to commute to SLCC campuses and other parts of the valley free of charge.
Anyone who obtained their cards before June 2018 will need to visit one of the campus card centers and request the pass.
“The process of activating a card is easy,” says Laina McGinty, a Campus Card Services Office employee.
According to McGinty, each OneCard contains a chip with a number sequence that the school sends to UTA to activate. Student cards are usually activated by the end of the day.
Students will have access to UTA as long as they are enrolled in the current semester at SLCC.
McGinty says the office runs a check four weeks into the semester to confirm students with an active pass are actively enrolled. If students are not enrolled, they will be taken off the list and will need to reactivate their card when they return to school.
“The Campus Card Services Office is working to make this process automatic,” says McGinty.
Faculty and staff have free UTA access year-round, but will need to opt-in to the service.