On April 1, transit fares will drop as UTA removes both fuel surcharges implemented last year in response to skyrocketing diesel fuel prices. The agency will go forward with a fare increase that was originally scheduled for January 1, but was postponed to ease the burden on riders during the current economic situation. The combined result of these changes is a decrease in UTA’s current fares. For example: the adult cash fare will drop from $2.25 to $2.00; the adult monthly pass will drop from $74.50 to $67.00; and the premium monthly pass will drop from $175.00 to $162.00.
UTA is fulfilling its commitment to remove the surcharges when the price of fuel dropped according to the guidelines implemented. Removing the surcharges on April 1 reflects the average price of fuel from October to December of last year, which dropped below $3.00.
In a policy adopted by the UTA Board of Trustees last spring, the fuel surcharges are based on the quarterly average price of diesel fuel reported by the United States Department of Energy (DOE). UTA tracks the DOE average fuel price each quarter, and implements or removes the appropriate fuel surcharge three months later.
UTA’s fuel surcharges were implemented based on the following criteria:
* The Level A surcharge (for DOE average fuel price of $3.00-$3.99) implemented on July 1, 2008 was based on the average quarterly price of diesel fuel from January – March, 2008. The average price during this quarter was $3.49.
* The Level B surcharge (for DOE average fuel price of $4.00-$4.99) implemented on Oct. 1, 2008, was based on the average quarterly price of diesel fuel from April – June, 2008. The average price during this quarter was $4.39.
The average price of diesel fuel was $4.36 during the third quarter of 2008, staying above the $4.00 benchmark, so both surcharges remained in effect on January 1. However, the price of fuel dropped rapidly late in the year, and the average price of diesel fuel dropped to $2.92 for the fourth quarter. As such, both surcharges will be removed on April 1.
While the fuel surcharges are directly tied to the price of diesel fuel, fare increases support overall UTA operations. The fare increase that will go into effect on April 1 was previously approved by the UTA Board of Trustees as part of regular increases that maintain operations and keep pace with inflation.
[below are] the fares will be effective April 1, 2009.
UTA Fare Structure
Effective April 1, 2009
Fare Type Amount
Adult Cash $2.00
Senior Cash $1.00
Reduced Cash (except Paratransit) $1.00
Premium Express Cash $4.50
FrontRunner Base Fare $3.00
Each additional station $0.50
Maximum from SLC to Pleasant View $6.00
FronRunner Senior/Reduced Medicare Base Fare $1.50
Each additional station $0.25
Maximum from SLC to Pleasant View $3.00
Premium Senior/Reduced/Medicare Monthly Pass $81.00
FrontRunner Senior/Reduced/Medicare Monthly Pass $81.00
Premium Day Pass $13.75
Day Pass $5.00
Round Trip Ticket (TRAX only) $4.00
Adult Monthly Pass $67.00
Senior Monthly Pass $33.50
Reduced Fare Monthly Sticker $33.50
Premium Express Monthly Pass $162.00
FrontRunner Monthly Pass - all stations $162.00
Minor/Student Monthly Pass $49.75
Summer Youth Pass (Jun-Aug) $99.50
Token 10 pack at Pass Outlet $17.75
Family Round Trip Pass $13.75
Adult Monthly Pass w/ Horizon Card $56.00
Paratransit Cash $2.50
Paratransit Monthly Pass $84.00
30 Trip Coupons - Good for 1 month $54.00
Paratransit 10 Trip Coupons $22.00
Ski Service 08-09 Season
Ski Service Cash $3.50
Ski Day Pass $7.00
Intra-Canyon Ski Shuttle Cash $1.75