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Kristin Murphy, Deseret News
Dave Mulder, Sugar House community council member, shows his wife, Shelley Mulder, a display of what the S-line corridor will look like after a press conference about the new Sugar House streetcar in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013.

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Transit Authority's Sugar House streetcar is ready to roll, and passengers can enjoy a preview this weekend.

Passengers can board the S-Line free of charge from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Dec. 7 if they bring a nonperishable food item to donate to the Utah Food Bank. UTA will also offer children’s activities, food and entertainment at the Fairmont and 300 East stops. The S-Line will open for regular service the following day, Sunday, Dec. 8.

To celebrate the completion of its first streetcar line, UTA is also offering a limited-time, promotional fare of $1 for S-Line passengers who pay using electronic fare media. This includes UTA FAREPAY cards, bank-issued contactless credit cards, as well as mobile payments such as ISIS and Google Wallet.

Most UTA passes will also be valid as fare on the S-Line, including monthly passes, day passes and most employer and student passes. Riders who pay with cash will be charged the standard $2.50 fare on the S-Line.

The $1 promotional fare is made possible through partnership with South Salt Lake and Salt Lake City.

“These cities have been incredible partners as we moved forward in developing this new mode of transit,” said UTA general manager Michael Allegra. “We’re excited to present the public with a unique way to explore South Salt Lake and Sugar House neighborhoods and access local stores, restaurants and businesses.”

The S-Line connects to the TRAX system at Central Pointe Station (2100 South) and extends 2 miles east to McClelland Street (about 1040 East), with a total of seven stops. The line will travel at average speeds of 10 to 15 mph in a corridor that features paths for hiking and biking.

UTA reminds drivers and pedestrians to use caution when approaching the S-Line corridor. Cross-corridor traffic should yield at all stops to S-Line trains, pedestrians and cyclists traveling in the corridor.

The $1 fare is a limited-time promotion. Riders who use their FAREPAY cards are not eligible for an additional 20 percent FAREPAY promotional discount.

Passengers transferring from the S-Line to regular-service bus, TRAX, or FrontRunner will receive a $1 transfer credit if the transfer is completed within two hours of purchasing an S-Line ticket. To receive the appropriate credit, passengers transferring to the TRAX system should tap off the S-Line card reader at Central Pointe and tap on the TRAX card reader.

S-Line access is included for riders with day passes, regular monthly passes, premium monthly passes, minor monthly passes, as well as Eco Pass holders and most student passes. Access also is included in the Freedom Access Pass for paratransit-eligible riders.