Avoid football parking mayhem by riding TRAX

Rice-Eccles Stadium

The Utes take on the Bruins at Rice-Eccles Stadium on Oct. 3. Avoid the parking hassles by taking UTA TRAX, buses, or by walking or biking. Photo courtesy University Marketing & Communications.

By Ayrel Clark-Proffitt, Office of Sustainability

Riding public transit is a great way to get to work or school. In addition to reduced emissions, you also gain the opportunity to read, study, respond to email, and send text messages—all things you can’t (or at least shouldn’t) do while driving a car.

Other bonus: You can avoid the mayhem that will be campus parking when the University of Utah Utes (3-1) take on the UCLA Bruins (3-0) at Rice-Eccles Stadium on Thursday, Oct. 3 at 8 p.m.

It might be an evening showdown, but parking lots will be affected all day. Commuter Services will restrict parking in the West Stadium and Guardsman Way lots. It will provide parking on two additional grass lots for University permit holders from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., but that still means anyone that chooses to drive will be fighting with increased traffic from the onslaught of fans dressed in red.

UTA TRAX and buses are free for U of U students, faculty, and staff. To plan your route, use Google Maps or the UTA trip planner. In addition, UTA will be running extra trains on Thursday. Event trains will depart from Draper Town Center to Rice-Eccles Stadium every 15 minutes from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., and a special Blue line train from the Stadium to Draper Town Center will be provided after the game. Additionally, Commuter Services will also provide a free bike valet for fans at the stadium, where cyclists check their bikes and get a claim ticket to pick up the bike after game.

Go Utes!

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