Take a free ride on UTA on Friday, Saturday by traveling with a paying passenger

(Lee Davidson | Tribune file photo) FrontRunner train arrives at Orem station as crowds wait to board on June 27, 2019. UTA is offering paying passengers the option of bringing a friend for free on Friday and Saturday.

The Utah Transit Authority is allowing its paying customers to bring along a friend for free this Friday and Saturday.

Anyone who has a regular ticket or pass may board with a friend without the need of an additional ticket. So for example, if four people are traveling together, only two people will need a ticket or pass.

UTA said in a news release that the promotion is designed to introduce public transportation to new riders and to increase overall ridership.

“This offer will give riders a chance to invite a neighbor to ride TRAX with them to work, bring a roommate along on the bus, or enjoy a date night ride on FrontRunner without the hassle of parking or bumper-to-bumper traffic,” it said.

The offer is valid on buses, TRAX, FrontRunner, streetcar, flex routes and the Park City-Salt Lake City connect buses. Paratransit is excluded.