UTA conquers Twitter, sends riders on hunt for free stuff
Published: June 10, 2014 02:15PM
Updated: June 10, 2014 03:55PM

<freeform>The Utah Transit Authority’s Twitter page, @RideUTA, just jumped past 10,000 followers, and they’re celebrating by sending you all over the city on a scavenger hunt for prizes.

There’s a joke in here somewhere about UTA being the Utah Twitter Authority, but don’t let the potential humor distract you from the free stuff. They’re hiding labeled boxes with all sorts of goodies inside, including $50 FAREPAY cards, at bus and rail stops all throughout the UTA system starting Tuesday and going through Friday. Free transportation isn’t easy to come by, so it would be pretty rad to find one of those cards.

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” lang=”en”><p>We’re headed out to hide two of these boxes full of UTA goodies! Stay tuned for clues. <a href=”http://t.co/73rNyZrrK3”>http://t.co/73rNyZrrK3</a></p>— UTA (@RideUTA) <a href=”https://twitter.com/RideUTA/statuses/476435920015851520”>June 10, 2014</a></blockquote><script async src=”//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js” charset=”utf-8”></script>

Whatever you do, though, don’t go looking on roads or on the tracks. They definitely won’t be in those kinds of dangerous places. Also, if you’re worried about these boxes being mistaken for one of those scary “suspicious packages” that sometimes cause problems, then good for you for keeping your wits about you. But they’re going to be labeled pretty well, according to UTA, so you needn’t worry.

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-partner=”tweetdeck”><p><a href=”https://twitter.com/tnotn”>@tnotn</a> Someone call Homeland Security. ;p</p>— Sawyer Pangborn (@spangborn) <a href=”https://twitter.com/spangborn/statuses/476445661378785280”>June 10, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-partner=”tweetdeck”><p><a href=”https://twitter.com/tnotn”>@tnotn</a> <a href=”https://twitter.com/spangborn”>@spangborn</a> The boxes have a UTA label on them, so there shouldn’t be any confusion.</p>— UTA (@RideUTA) <a href=”https://twitter.com/RideUTA/statuses/476445833010114560”>June 10, 2014</a></blockquote>

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But if you do find one, tweet @RideUTA a pic with your prize and the hashtag #UTAwinner.

Here’s the first location.

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” lang=”en”><p>Box No. 1 has been hidden next to this scenic bus stop. Let the search begin! <a href=”http://t.co/L2KiZHO2Hy”>http://t.co/L2KiZHO2Hy</a></p>— UTA (@RideUTA) <a href=”https://twitter.com/RideUTA/statuses/476445305450532865”>June 10, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Good luck and Busspeed. Get it? Instead of Godspeed? Ah, whatever. Go find some free stuff.

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— David Self Newlin

Twitter: @newlin_sltrib