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3 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: I have a car so it's not a big deal for me. People who take trax is convenient since they have 3 stops around campus. The campus is big so it's necessary for them to included transportation. The schools provides a discounted/free pass but the parking permits are so expensive and has driven me to park away from campus and then ride trax to avoid the hefty fees. Shuttles are okay but if you don't live on campus, walking and trax are going to be your main forms of commute.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: the combination of campus shuttles and close public transportation makes living a litter further from campus alright.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Transportation to the U is great.

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5 College Sophomore

Transportation: All UTA services are free for U students, which are convenient and very practical. Every point of interest in Salt Lake has public transportation going to and from campus. Trax is easily accessible to go downtown. The campus shuttle is very convenient with even more improvements coming soon.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: The campus shuttle is late everywhere its more if you are too lazy to walk, not if you want to get to class on time. But trax are really convenient if you live far away and can't afford the $190 parking permit.


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Student Author OverviewWhat's this?

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The U is getting more and more commuter traffic savvy. Students can utilize the light rail system that is free with their UCards, and they can also use the buses. Many find public transportation to be the best way to get around. The only problem is that the light rail system is linear, and if you need to get somewhere off the line quickly, you need a bike or to drive.

Bikes are becoming the fad, with students finding it a lot easier and quicker to navigate the campus on two wheels. Bicycles are also the most functional form of transportation next to cars. While the public transport options are great, they can be somewhat impractical for most students who do not live next to a station. 

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Know someone with a car
  • Own a car
  • Take a bike (best for short distances-geographically, Salt Lake is large)
  • Use public transportation (remember to bring your student ID)
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • A cab ride to the airport costs $20.
  • A friend drives you to the airport
  • Hitchhike

Safety Escort ServicesWhat's This?

Safety Escorts
(801) 585-2677
Daily 24 hours

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

University Shuttles

There are color-coordinated shuttle lines for different areas of campus:

(801) 581-4189 (shuttle dispatch)

(801) 581-6415 (commuter services)

Daily 6 a.m.-6 p.m.

Daily 6 p.m.-12:30 a.m. (late-night service)

Public TransitWhat's This?

Utah Transit Authority

There are 21 Utah Transit Authority routes that serve the University of Utah, with four express routes during rush hours. Also, there's free fare with your student ID.

(801) 262-5626

(801) 743-3882

(801) 287-2667 (Customer support)

3600 S. 700 W.

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Salt Lake International Airport

This airport is approximately nine miles or 15 minutes from the University.

776 N. Terminal Dr.

(801) 575-2400

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?


The Greyhound bus station is about three miles west of the University.

300 S. 600 W.

(801) 355-9579

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?


The Amtrak train station is about two miles west of the University.

340 S. 600 W.

(801) 322-3510

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 232 responses

  • 70% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 22% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 4% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 2% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 1% Nonexistent.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 231 responses

  • 4% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.
  • 5% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 78% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 12% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 1% You can't have a car here.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 102 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 102 responses

Very convenient
  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of long-distance transportation to travel between home and school    Based on 102 responses

Very convenient
  • Airport
  • Passenger bus
  • Passenger train
  • Ride sharing

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 231 responses

  • 43% Very easy.
  • 51% Fairly easy.
  • 5% Fairly difficult.
  • 1% Very difficult.


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