UTA Ordinances Update

Share your comments on UTA rules that impact riders

Overview of UTA's Ordinances

UTA's ordinances direct the rules and regulations of the public transit system to support safety, comfort, and wellbeing of passengers, employees, and the general public. The ordinances were last updated in 2016 and are being updated again to provide clarity, usability, and alignment with UTA programs. The new drafts split the UTA Ordinances into three separate documents, each covering a distinct area.

  1. Fare Payment Ordinance - defines fare payment rules and compliance on UTA's public transit system.
  2. Criminal Ordinance - defines expectations for behavior and conduct in and around the public transit system, in addition to other adopted Utah codes.
  3. Trespass Ordinance - defines grounds for trespass orders from UTA's public transit system and property.

Check out the recorded public meeting video where UTA staff provide a detailed overview of the ordinances.

Fare Payment Ordinance Draft

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Click on the overview fact sheet linked above or explained below to review high level information about UTA's Fare Payment Ordinance.


View the full Fare Payment Ordinance draft here.

Criminal Ordinance Draft

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Click on the overview fact sheet linked above or explained below to review high level information about UTA's Criminal Ordinance.


View the full Criminal Ordinance draft here.

Trespassing Ordinance Draft

Click on the overview fact sheet linked above or explained below to review high level information about UTA's Trespassing Ordinance.


View the full Trespassing Ordinance draft here.

Fare Payment Ordinance Draft

Definitions: Defines a variety of terms used throughout the Ordinance, including valid fare payment forms.


Fare Payment: Includes the rule that riders should have valid fare payment while riding transit and defines violations.


Fare Enforcement: Provides information about issuing citations and resolving citations within 14 days.


Fines: Provides proposed amounts for citations, including 1st, 2nd, and subsequent, as well as alternatives to full fine payment.


Protests: Details how a person can protest their citation if they disagree within 14 days, including online, in-person, in writing, or by phone.


Right to Appeal: Covers how a person may appeal a decision of the Hearing Officer after a protest process within 10 days of the decision.


View the full Fare Payment Ordinance draft here.

Criminal Ordinance Draft

Definitions & Authority: Provide definitions; clarify UTA's authority to adopt Ordinances; and interpret use of language in the Ordinance.


Utah Code & Classification of Offenses: Outlines the adoption of existing Utah Codes; defines violations and penalties of Utah Codes and of the UTA Ordinances.


Vehicles: Provides permitted and non-permitted uses of transit facilities relevant to vehicles parking, towing, and traffic.


Use of Transit Facilities: Clarifies activities that are allowable and those that are not allowed in transit facilities (i.e. on vehicles, at stations, etc.)


Coduct: Details prohibited conduct (such as littering); defines disturbing the peace; and clarifies the bringing of animals on transit.


Property & Enforcement: Defines use of properties, including conduct on rights of way; details enforcement of ordinances by UTA Police.


View the full Criminal Ordinance draft here.

Trespassing Ordinance Draft

Definitions & Authority: Defines a variety of terms used throughout the Ordinance, including minor and serious offenses; clarifies UTA's authority to adopt Ordinances.


Trespass for Minor Offenses: Defines grounds and notice requirements for trespass for a minor offense and sets the duration at 30 days or less.


Trespass for a Serious Offense: Defines grounds and notice requirements for trespass for a serious offense and sets the duration at one year or less.


Permanent Trespass: Defines grounds for a permanent trespass, with no expiration. Clarifies notices requirements and petition for removal of trespass.


Other Remedies & Records: Provides other options for suspending and refusing service; defines documentation process.


Protests & Right to Appeal: Covers protest process and right to appeal a trespassing violation.


View the full Trespassing Ordinance draft here.

Opportunities to share your feedback on the ordinance update:

View the virtual public meeting from Tuesday, May 24

Email or call us to share your feedback directly

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Email: HearingOfficer@rideuta.com

Phone: 801-743-3882, option 5

Mailing: Utah Transit Authority, C/O Megan Waters, 669 W 200 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Review the draft ordinances and leave your comments below

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