2021 Commuter Guide | @theU
While the University of Utah welcomes students to campus, many freshmen and sophomores may have questions about travel. Rather than feeling overwhelmed, take a deep breath and rest, make sure Commuter Services is there to help you understand your transportation options. So whether it’s your first or hundredth time on campus, here’s everything you need to know about commuting to the U this fall.
SafeRide is a transportation service that improves safety during night hours. Students who feel uncomfortable walking at night can request an on-demand ride to and from most locations on campus. SafeRide works the same as other ridesharing programs like Uber or Lyft, but only operates within university boundaries on weekday evenings from 6:00 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
The SafeRide program has moved to another service provider and will no longer work through the TapRide app. Passengers must request a SafeRide via the TransLoc app, available at the app store and google play. Visit the SafeRide commuter services page to find out more about the trip request via the TransLoc application.
Students who park a vehicle on campus long term or daily must purchase a parking permit. There are a few factors to consider when deciding which parking permit to buy. Do you live on or off campus? Where do you want to park? What is your budget? Your answer to these questions will help you determine which parking permit best suits your needs.
Here is a breakdown of the most common parking permits for students.
- U license: The “U” permit is the best and most affordable option for students living off campus. This permit allows students to park in various “U” lots across campus and in lots designated “A” after 3pm.
- HU permit: The “HU” permit allows students in residence to park overnight in housing lots. This permit is also valid in ‘U’ lots. Note that overnight parking is not allowed in certain “U” lots.
- HCU license: The “HCU” is similar to the “HU” license, but has additional advantages. In addition to parking in residential lots, the ‘HCU’ permit is valid in Garage Central, Lot Studio Lassonde and ‘U’ lots.
- UC license: The ‘CU’ permit is accessible to all students. With this permit, students can park in the central garage, the Lassonde studio lot and the “U” lots.
Visit the Student permits page on the Commuter Services website to view prices, purchase details, and other parking permits.
‘U’ after 3:00 p.m. parking
Students holding a “U” permit can park in the designated “A” car parks after 3 p.m. This option allows students to park in car parks closer to the central campus during the evening. However, not all lots have this accommodation, so please carefully read the signage displayed in each lot.
Students with a “U” permit may also park at designated booths in the Marriott Library and Union Kiosk lots after 3pm. Not all booths in these lots allow “U” permits, so read the signs carefully.
Consult the map of car parks that allow ‘U’ license after 3 p.m.
Students enrolled in a combination of in-person and online courses may have different parking needs and would prefer short-term options over semester permits. Suburban service offerings
- Day pass: A Day Pass allows you to park in a “U” or “A” car park for one day. The price of the Day Pass ranges from $ 5 to $ 15, depending on the time of day you want to park. This option is ideal for students who need to park on campus a few days a week. Students can buy a day pass in line via the parking gate.
- Kiosks: Students can pay the $ 2 hourly rate to park in the Union Lot, Marriott Library Lot, Commercial Lot, or the Student Life Center lot. Kiosks are a great option for students who need to park on campus for a few hours a day or week. Visit the kiosks located in these lots to start a session. You can pay for your parking session directly on your phone by scanning the QR code displayed on the terminal and following the requested steps.
- PayByPhone stands: Students can pay the hourly rate of $ 2 to park at PayByPhone booths located in multiple lots on campus. Parking in a PayByPhone booth is a great choice for students looking for hourly parking in various locations across the U. Download the Pay by phone app to find a booth and start a session.
- Share a license: You can share a parking permit with another student by associating multiple vehicles with a single parking permit. Keep in mind that only one vehicle from the shared permit can park on campus at a time. Payment cannot be split across multiple accounts, meaning only one person has to pay for shared permits.
Visit the Short-term and visitor parking page to find out more.
Parking at the U is a challenge due to the density of the population on campus. However, students can avoid the stress of parking and driving by using UTA instead. Your UCard serves as an unlimited pass for UTA buses, TRAX trains and FrontRunner at no cost. Remember to use your UCard to activate and deactivate card readings on buses and train platforms during boarding and existing.
Going up in UTA to the U is easy. The TRAX red line and several UTA bus lines arrive directly on campus, making public transportation accessible to students from the Wasatch Front. Additionally, commuters using multiple modes of transportation can bring their own personal bikes or scooters on buses and trains. Download the Public transport application to find a route that suits you.
According to the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), passengers must wear face masks on public transportation until September 13, 2021.
Campus shuttles transport students to popular locations on campus, including the Union, residential areas, UTA bus stops, and TRAX stations. This free service is available to all students.
The Blue, Orange, and Circulator (formerly known as the Night Route) shuttle routes will continue to operate throughout the fall semester. Other shuttle routes serving the lower campus, such as red, green, purple and Union-TRAX, will remain off-road until further notice.
Download the TransLoc app or visit uofubus.com to track all live shuttle locations, view estimated arrival times, and find the nearest stops.
Bikes and Campus Bike Shop
Cycling is a practical, healthy and sustainable alternative to driving on campus. With safe routes through campus, cyclists and other active commuters can ride easily. All cyclists must yield to pedestrians, ride at low speed and follow the university operation control for bicycles and other non-motorized driving devices.
The university offers free outdoor bicycle parking within 50 feet of almost any building. Cyclists are also welcome to use the secure bicycle lockers located at some buildings and parking lots. Bikes locked to anything other than bike racks will be impounded.
The Campus Bike Shop, located at 413 Campus Center Drive, is closed until further notice. Stay tuned for more to come.
Skateboards, e-boards, and other wheeled devices, including electric bikes and electric scooters for rent, can operate on campus. However, runners must follow local traffic laws and university operating regulations for bicycles and other non-motorized riding devices.
Outdoor parking for skateboards and personal scooters is available at the Student Life Center, Peterson Heritage Center and Kahlert Village. Rental scooters and electric bikes must be parked next to an outdoor bicycle rack.
No matter how you get to the U, you’ll be walking around campus at some point. Visit the campus map for walking directions to all campus buildings.
If you’re new to the U, you’ll notice that the sidewalks are used by wheeled devices including bikes, scooters, skateboards, and golf carts. As a pedestrian, you have the legal right of way, which means that every driver must give you the right of way. Be aware of your surroundings to avoid hurting yourself or others.
Students who do not feel comfortable walking around campus can contact the university police department to request a free courtesy escort to any location on campus. Call 801-585-COPS to request this 24/7 service.
Visit the Suburban Services Website to learn more about travel to, from and around the University of Utah.