Last week… Sorry this was accidentally saved as a draft…
I lost my UTA Transit Pass this morning after taking a different connection than usual to try out. I got confused was at the wrong stop (wrong side of the street) and missed the bus to work. I ended up walking four miles because that was faster than waiting for the next bus. (It never caught up to me.) During my walk my pass must have fallen out and was lost. However, my nice brisk walk was rejuvenating and quite enjoyable!
My transit pass is a perk from being a Salt Lake County Bicycle Ambassador. I called reported that one missing and they are sending me a new one. This pass has been a tremendous blessing! I also had no idea I was even getting one for being an Ambassador, until it was handed to me! I was super excited! And so grateful for it daily!!!
In the meantime, I had no cash on me, and evidently also left my debit card at home from paying the bills the other day! So, my Co worker Kristal, was sweet enough to loan me $6.00 so that I could get home. Thank you!
Then when I went to get on the first bus (Park City Connect – which Rocks!) I asked the driver how much the fare was. He looked at me strange and I have a sympathetic look and said my pass was lost this morning. He looked at me and said “Sweetheart, keep your money and enjoy your ride.” Boy was I excited and grateful!!! Then, on my connection I go to pay in the next one asked again how much it is. He asked why was I asking. I again said that I lost it this morning during my commute. He also said to keep my money that he recognized me, and there was no reason to waste my money when he knew I had a pass. Wow!! So grateful!!! Thank you UTA!! And thank you Heavenly Father for blessing me with kind Bus Drivers!! 🙂 🙂
See, I really should ride the bus more often (as long as I can make the 470/903 Connections anyway, otherwise I hate the world when I drive. Not to mention, it was GREAT study time, and honestly my original plan to study while on transit. Too bad, I need my car to go to the gym during lunch! Maybe I’ll start leaving it at work overnight… maybe, that makes me nervous.
Normally during good weather, I bicycle 18 miles each way to work from Bountiful to the mouth of Parley’s Canyon (I’m a wimp and need to get over the cold). Some days I cheat and take the UTA Trax up the steep hill to the University of Utah, then continue riding down Foothill Blvd to my office. I also use UTA when I’ve ridden too far and I’m exhausted – they’ll always take me home! 🙂 It’s a fantastic ride and makes my day go by so much better! I feel better, I have more energy and my brain works better. Not to mention I get in my daily work out and my commute! For me Bicycle Commuting is the way to go! Not to mention I help make a difference at not being one of the vehicles creating more fumes for our valley that holds them in so well. I’m a huge advocate for Bicycle Commuting and love being part of the Bicycle Ambassador Program. Key highlights of our program is to create awareness about Cycling, and definitely promote Bike Safety and knowledge of laws and resources available. One of our main goals with our education program is to help people get over the fear of cycling to work. We help educated on gear, techniques, routes, you name it! We will even ride with you on your first practice run for your commute. It such a highlight for me and I will talk to anyone that’s interested.There is a lot more that we do, but that’s the basic gist of it. If you have any questions about our program, please feel free to reach out to me.
- Salt Cycle – Bicycle Ambassadors & What it Means for SLC (saltcycle.org)
- Salt Lake Chamber Annouces New Programs To Increase UTA Transit Ridership (111mainblog.wordpress.com)
- A transit leader gets even better (dtjoyce.com)
- Got something to tell UTA? You’ll have your chance Nov. 20 (ksl.com)
- UTA debuts prepaid fare cards (ksl.com)
- How Utah Turned Its Unpopular Public Transit System Into a Hit (theatlanticcities.com)
- What are Commuter Transit Tax Benefits and How Do They Help Me Now? (turbotax.intuit.com)
- Market Street Rush Hour (beelinebikes.wordpress.com)
- 45 large U.S. cities ranked by percentage of bicycle commuting (treehugger.com)
- Learn About Bicycle Signs and Markings (myparkingsign.com)
- Relax Lose Weight Bike To Work (smartsign.com)