All Roads Lead to the U

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]You’ve bought all your books and have your first day outfit picked out, but there’s one thing you’re forgetting: how are you planning to get to school?

The U is a large commuter school and offers a wide variety of modes to get to campus. Regardless of the direction you are coming from, there is a fast and easy way to get to class.

The TRAX Red line makes a stop at the Rice Eccles Stadium station, Tuesday, May 19th, 2015.

Driving to campus is an attractive option for many, especially those who live far away; however, due to the high price of parking passes and the limited availability of stalls because of construction, this is not always the best option. Instead, the U has partnered with UTA to provide students free access to riding the FrontRunner train, TRAX trains and buses. All you have to do is tap on with your student ID card — also known as a UCard.

Sandra Kimmy, an incoming freshman, plans to commute to the U from Provo everyday.

“Growing up in Provo I was scared that I would have ended up at BYU, but thankfully the new FrontRunner station opened and now I can bleed red,” she said.

Kimmy has visited the U several times using this mode of transit and has it all mapped out. Her ride — which includes a transfer to a bus — takes about an hour and a half one-way.

“I could drive to Salt Lake everyday, but using the train saves me stress [and] gas money, and I don’t have to deal with any traffic,” she said.

Madison Klarke, a junior in engineering, switched from driving daily to using the trains and buses to help the environment.

“I suffer from asthma and cannot stand to be in Salt Lake half the time,” she said. “I stopped driving because I want to be able to enjoy the city without having to suffer through a potential attack on my lungs. TRAX is super easy to use, and there are buses that connect everywhere.”

The U also offers separate bike paths for students to ride on. These are clearly marked and cross all over campus. There is also a repair shop located nearby — across from the Utah Museum of Fine Arts — if you need a quick fix on your bike.

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