By Bruce Ewert
Salt Lake City’s recent HIVE Pass innovation allows easier bike commuting. It is good on all buses and trains run by UTA with the exception of the ski buses. At only
$30 $42 per month (in 2015) it is a great deal and allows you to hop onto any UTA transit route at will. If the weather turns inclement or you have picked up a load of groceries or other purchases the HIVE Pass enables you to return home with far less hassle. All forms of UTA transit are bicycle friendly.
The HIVE Pass can be purchased at the City-County building in Washington Square, right across from the Main Library. You need proof of residency in Salt Lake City, such as a lease agreement, utility bill or legal documents, and picture proof of identity. You pay for two months up front and then are billed by the water department every month. Payments can be made online.
SLC hopes to sell 8000 HIVE passes this year. If you use it 12 times a month it pays for itself. But you will soon find that being able to hop a bus or train, with your bike, at your convenience without worrying about having the correct change really makes bicycle commuting easier. Especially for common routes, such as the grocery store or post office, you quickly learn the schedules of those buses and trains most useful for you. There is very little advertising for the HIVE Pass, so word of mouth will be the best way to let everyone know about this inexpensive way to utilize the UTA transit system. Tell all your friends about this new way of leaving their car parked even more often, by combining bike commuting with UTA mass transit using a HIVE Pass. For more information see http://www.ridewithhive.com.
Updated 2015 Information:
Salt Lake City’s Popular ‘Hive Pass’ Again Available to Residents
SALT LAKE CITY – Following a highly successful pilot program last year, deeply discounted transit passes are again available exclusively to Salt Lake City residents.
Dubbed Hive Pass 2.0, this Salt Lake City program, in partnership with the Utah Transit Authority (UTA), continues to offer residents easier access to mass transit by reducing the cost of a UTA monthly adult pass by 50 percent.
“Our Hive Pass program has created a great new, and very affordable, way for residents to make public transit a regular part of getting around,” said Mayor Ralph Becker. “Not only does it create new mobility options, but using the Hive Pass makes a great contribution to addressing our air quality challenges, reduces traffic and helps make our community an even better place to live, work and play.”
Residents can purchase the Hive Pass for only $42 a month. Pass holders have access to unlimited rides on UTA buses, TRAX light rail, and the S-Line streetcar. The program also provides a $2.50 discount on one-way FrontRunner and Express bus trips. Hive Passes can be purchased for any amount of consecutive months up to a full year and will be activated on the first day of the month for which it is purchased. A 12-month purchase comes with an additional 10 percent discount.
Passes are sold Monday through Friday at the following locations and times. Customers must live inside Salt Lake City boundaries and bring a photo ID and two additional forms of eligibility documentation (proof of residence) to purchase a Hive Pass.
Salt Lake City & County Building
451 S. State Street
Treasurer’s Office, Second Floor
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Salt Lake Public Utilities Office
1530 S. West Temple St.
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sorenson Unity Center
1383 S. 900 West
4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
To learn more about the Hive Pass, determine your eligibility and learn how to get your pass, visit <http://www.ridewithhive.com>www.ridewithhive.com, e-mail [email protected] or call 801-596-RIDE (7433).