UTA's 2021 Budget

UTA would like your input on our 2021 Tentative Budget

UTA's 2021 Tentative Budget

Our budget describes priorities for the community, including your community. Funds to support public transit come from multiple sources, including sales tax – your money supports UTA and so you should have a voice in this process. Tell us what you value most and let us know if we’re getting it right.


The 2021 budget includes $327 million in operating expenses and $256 million of capital investment to fund the provision of safe, convenient, reliable service and targeted investments in our infrastructure. The budget includes federal and local contributions from our partners.


This budget was developed under careful consideration of:

  • The COVID-19 Pandemic and historic economic uncertainty.
  • Decreased ridership and decreased service levels during April through August 2020.
  • Increased cleaning and sanitizing measures, along with other COVID-19 precautions.
  • Sales tax assumptions based on 2020 actuals and projections from the Governor's Office of Management and Budget.
  • Anticipated fare revenue less than 2020.
  • Funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

Learn more below, including how to get involved, and scroll all the way to the bottom to submit your feedback!

Virtual Public Open House

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We held a virtual public open house on November 10. View the event recording above, or on YouTube and Facebook.

Public Hearing

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We held a public hearing on November 11. View the public hearing recording on Youtube.

Public Comment

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You can also submit your comment in one of the following ways by 5pm on December 11.

Email: hearingofficer@rideuta.com

Phone: 801-743-3882

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

Website: You're here! Scroll to the bottom of this page.

Where does UTA's money come from?

2021 UTA Operating Revenues ($584.4 M)

Graph showing Operating revenue by category

Sales tax revenue at $364.1 million, or 66% of total revenues, represents the largest funding source for the 2021 budget. CARES Act funding totals $101 million, Federal preventive maintenance totals $70.5 million, and passenger revenues total $32.0 million. Other revenues include, investment income, local support, advertising, and other fees.

2021 UTA Capital Revenues ($255.6 M)

Graph showing capital revenue by category

2021 Capital grants are anticipated to provide $75.8 million with local partners and the State of Utah providing $33.7 million. Lease proceeds are estimated at $18 million. Bonds issued in 2018 and 2019 provide $51.2 million of proceeds that will be used in 2021. There is also a transfer of $76.8 million in UTA revenues from UTA’s Operating Fund to support the 2021 Capital Program.

Where will UTA spend money in 2021?

Key Priorities

  • Service: 91% of pre-COVID levels, $4.4M set aside for service restoration
  • Information technology improvements and state of good repair
  • Rail maintenance apprenticeship programs
  • Additional maintenance systems support
  • Maximize efficiency in staffing levels
  • Increase FTE to support additional cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting protocols
  • Construction of the Depot District maintenance facility
  • Ogden/Weber State University BRT
  • Airport TRAX station relocation
  • Rail maintenance infrastructure investment in a state of good repair
  • First/last mile projects throughout the service area; double tracking a portion of commuter rail in northern Utah County; addition of end of line facilities; bus stop improvements; TRAX seat replacements; and wayfinding improvements

Table of operating budget changes between 2020 and 2021

2021 Tentative Operating Budget ($362.5 Million)

Graph showing Operating expenses by category

2021 Capital Projects ($255.6 Million)

From construction costs for the Depot District maintenance facility and Airport TRAX station relocation, to information technology improvements and state of good repair, and first/last mile projects throughout the service area, this list is comprehensive in priority capital projects for the next year.

Table of capital projects and costs

Budget Outcomes

  • Maintain fiscal responsibility.
  • Maintain August 2020 baseline service levels and provide for service improvements.
  • Improve budget alignment with annual initiatives and support current and future agency needs.
  • Reflect current gas prices and provide responsive service.
  • Provide cost of living increases to employees.
  • Provide a clean and disinfected transit system to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  • Increase in information technology for critical state of good repair and technology projects.
  • Maintain a well-functioning and updated public transit system.