SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Transit Authority and the Utah Clean Air Partnership will be giving away free public transportation passes through the RideClear program over the next few weeks.

The passes are good for seven consecutive days of unlimited use on UTA trains and buses between Feb. 17 and March 31. UTA and the partnership are hoping Utahns use the passes as an effort to help improve air quality along the Wasatch Front.

RideClear is made possible through generous support from the Utah Clean Air Partnership, a statewide partnership designed to encourage residents, businesses and communities to make small changes to improve Utah’s air.

Bryce Bird, director of the Utah Division of Air Quality, said unsafe levels of air pollution have been linked to a variety of health problems, including respiratory and circulatory issues, as well as increased rates of strokes and heart attacks.

“Anything that we can do to skip a (vehicle) trip or skip a mile will help improve things,” Bird said.

RideClear passes and more information are available at and select locations over the next several weeks. A maximum of two cards per household are available over the course of the RideClear promotion.