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Published: Tuesday, Aug. 27 2013 12:20 p.m. MDT

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Down under
Salt Lake City, UT

Well, at least there is some value in the season ticket; a free ride.

Swoop
Salt Lake City, UT

More free rides for the U.

gowestbc
South Jordan, UT

I rode Trax after a game once. Waited forever for a train amoung tons of people. A free ticket was definately not worth the wait.

Johnny Triumph
American Fork, UT

Sounds like a cheap way to get a ride on the train...I'd have to guess a U ticket is less expensive than a train ride, isn't it?

UC UTE
Lehi, UT

What a progressive idea. The U and UTA have made great strides in getting fans to and from the games in the last 2 years with the additions of more trains, buses and know use of game day tickets for tickets. Keep up the good work.

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

I think this is a good thing for multiple reasons. One is that the parking situation around the stadium, around the entire campus really, is simply awful. It is so poorly thought out and designed that you almost can't park within walking distance so the less people trying to crowd into what little parking is available the better.

Then of course the university in its infinite wisdom continues to take space that could be parking and turns it into something else. Build some parking garages.

Then of course you have the huge percentage of tailgaters/drunks that attend utah games and they have no business driving after the game although many of them still do, getting them off the roads is a definite win for the community.

Of course riding those trains is no joyful experience as none of them leave until they are full and then you are packed in like a sardine but this is probably the best thing to do so the university should be commended for doing it.

But what an awful place to try to attend a game, it definitely doesn't seem worth it. Especially considering the product.

agb
Layton, UT

Makes sense. Show your U bball ticket and get a free 'transfer.'

StGtoSLC
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

This is good thinking, but was a long time coming. UTA is improving, but still has a ways to go to being efficient. Never been to New York, but I've been to Chicago, which I imagine is somewhat similar, and public transit is an efficient option for everyone, even those with cars. While I doubt things like this happen the same way in those cities, I remember a few going to a UW in Seattle and King County Transit had buses shuttle people for free from a dozen locations around the city and suburbs to Husky Stadium and back, with or without a ticket, whether they were going to the game or not. It seemed to me to be very efficient, and great for the University to accommodate their football attendance, and this one should, too.

sammyg
Springville, UT

This is amazing. Trax is becoming a multi-faceted boost for Ute sports.

First it was mentioned that it was a great recruiting tool and now this.

Ute ingenuity is leading the way.

Who could have imagined?

StGtoSLC
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

Typo. 4th line should read "a few years ago going to a football game at UW"

Mormon Ute
Kaysville, UT

Duckhunter,

LOL! You've got me rolling on the floor. I'll stack the caliber of teams we have comiing to RES this year against any home schedule BYU has ever put up. Can't wait until the Holy War, but first we've got to take care of the Aggies.

nosaerfoecioveht
NSL, UT

@duck w ruffled feathers

"But what an awful place to try to attend a game, it definitely doesn't seem worth it. Especially considering the product."

LOL would I have this much bitter angst if my product had lost to my rival's product 8 out of the last 11 games? Doubt it, but I'm glad I'll never have to find out.

GO UTES!!

Dutchman
Murray, UT

Duckhunter,

Let's examine some of your statements and allow me to make some corrections.

"Build some parking garages."

The U is building a big parking garage right now as part of the $125 million Ambulatory Care Center at the Med Center. When completed and if it is open to fans on game days fans can ride Trax to the Huntsman Center or RES. The U has made two attempts to build a parking garage on or adjacent to President's Circle. One proposal was underground the other above ground. Both proposals have been rejected by the students and their elected representatives. At the U students have a voice in these matters and the administration listens.

Whatsnu
Sandy, UT

It won't be long before a UTA ticket will be good for free admission to RES.

Dutchman
Murray, UT

Duckhunter (con'd),

"Then of course you have the huge percentage of tailgaters/drunks that attend utah games..."

3 percent of 46,000 fans would be about 1,400 intoxicated fans. That seems very high to me based on my 40 years of experience attending U football games. Even if correct, 3 percent is not a huge percentage. The facts are, alcohol is not allowed in your possession anywhere on the U campus and it is not sold at RES. So a fan would have to arrive intoxicated and manage to get by security at the gate where they inspect everything and only allow one 1 liter bottle of water and navigate among all the other fans who can send a text message to security alerting them about any intoxicated fans and misbehavior. Security does respond and will remove misbehaving or intoxicated fans, all 1,400 (3 percent)of them if that many. Cheers.

lost in DC
West Jordan, UT

funny how many jealous trolls posted comments.

perhaps if Utah county had not so often voted against extending trax into their county, the trolls could get a similar deal to their stadium. Frontrunner is extending down there now - who knows, you may have hope one day.

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

@dutchman

Whether it is students rejecting it or not the fact remains they aren't getting built. You know as well as I do that getting to and from res is a nightmare, why try to pretend otherwise? And there is no chance the parking structure for the Med center will not be used for game parking, med centers don't shut down for football games, they need their parking. I know most of you didn't like the jabs I took in my post but the fact is I am right about the parking and travel siution for the games up there, it is very bad and the utah fans I know complain about it incessantly.

@lost in dc

We don't need trax in Provo, there is plenty of parking and good access to the stadium. Not to mention you can walk to LES from almost anywhere in Provo in about 15 minutes.

I was just having some fun with the parking and traffic situation at res, but we all know it's bad so there really isn't much for you to come back with.

Dutchman
Murray, UT

Duckhunter (con'd),

"Then of course you have the huge percentage of tailgaters/drunks that attend utah games..."

3 percent of 46,000 fans would be about 1,400 intoxicated fans. That seems very high to me based on my 40 years of experience attending U football games. Even if correct, 3 percent is not a huge percentage. The facts are, alcohol is not allowed in your possession anywhere on the U campus and it is not sold at RES. So a fan would have to arrive intoxicated and manage to get by security at the gate where they inspect everything and only allow one 1 liter bottle of water and navigate among all the other fans who can send a text message to security alerting them about any intoxicated fans and misbehavior. Security does respond and will remove any intoxicated or misbehaving fans, all 1,400 (3 percent) if that many. Cheers.

BTW, where do you propose a parking garage for RES be built? Across the street in the Olivet Cemetary? LOL Have you ever tried to get out of a parking garage after a big event?

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

@dutchman

3% is low, extremely low. Just walk through any of the tailgate lots. Just because alcohol is not allowed to be brought in doesn't mean they don't tie one on before coming in, and yes A LOT of them do. I've been there, I've seen it, and I KNOW many of them that do it.

Now that said I really don't care if they do, go have some fun that is what it is all about, but it doesn't change the fact they shouldn't be driving so let's hope they use the trax instead.

SLCWatch
Salt Lake City, UT

I will say it if no one else will, I wish UTA and BYU would work our a similar arrangement.

We did take UTA once before Front runner. We took the express bus from South Towne with a free pass and it was enjoyable to avoid the crowded roads (pre I-15 remodel). It's a longer trip for UTA to carry the extra load than to the U of U but then the benefits would be more significant too.

Since 25,000 people travel from North of Utah County for each game it would be very helpful and it would fill UTA's mandate to relieve highway pressure and pollution.

Get on it UTA

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