Utah Transit Authority (UTA) has created a citizen advisory group called the Committee on Accessible Transportation or CAT. The purpose of the CAT is to provide an ongoing opportunity to advise UTA on accessibility issues related to facilities, service, equipment, plans and programs to assure non-discrimination for qualified people with disabilities. The CAT is established through a charter by the UTA Board of Trustees.
Diversity on the CAT
Having a diverse committee representing various disabilities and age is one of the CAT's strengths. The goal of the CAT is to include members who represent a wide range of disabilities. Every effort is made to include members from various ethnic, economic and geographic backgrounds as well. This diversity means that CAT members have unique perspectives on how to improve rider experiences.
Individuals must reside in one of the following counties within the current UTA service area: Box Elder, Weber, Davis, Salt Lake, Tooele, Utah.
Immediate Family Member Restriction: Only one family member may serve on the CAT at any given time.
Meetings of the full CAT committee are held every other month (January, March, May, July, September, November) on the second Monday of the month and will last approximately 2 hours. In addition, each member is required to serve on a CAT Subcommittee that will meet at least once monthly. Attendance and participation at monthly meetings is very important.
If selected, membership terms start in July and end in June of the following year. A membership term runs for two consecutive years. You may re-apply for an additional two-year term. A voting CAT member may be elected to serve only two terms or four years maximum.
CAT members receive several benefits for their service. Here are a few you'll be sure to love:
Making a Positive Difference
Members of the CAT feel great knowing they are part of the process to improve transit services.
CAT members have the opportunity to meet and work with others from the disability community.
Each CAT member in good standing receives a Transit Pass each month.
How do I Apply for CAT Membership?
Interested persons should complete the downloadable application (Word Application, PDF Application) for consideration to be selected for CAT membership. If you should need assistance completing this application or have questions, please contact thee ADA Compliance Officer at 801.287.3536 (voice) or dial 711 to make a relay call. Applications are accepted throughout the calendar year and will be reviewed when openings occur. New applications must be received by Monday, March 19, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. If received after this date, applicants are held in the “applicant pool” and reviewed to fill terms when openings occur during the membership year.
All printed information is available in an alternate format upon request and can be found on the UTA website.
Return your completed application to:
c/o UTA ADA Compliance Officer
669 West 200 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
Annual ADA Celebration
Each year UTA and the Committee for Accessible Transportation (CAT) celebrate the progress made relative to transit accessibility since the signing of the Americans with Disability Act (ADA).
With the invaluable assistance of CAT, UTA works diligently and comprehensively to ensure it provides accessible and inclusive transportation services and facilities. This celebratory event is not only a way to highlight the progress to date but a way to inspire people to continue the work in an on-going effort.
"I Choose to Ride UTA" & "Going the Extra Mile" Nominations
Nominate a person for the “I Choose to Ride UTA” Award
The “I Choose to Ride UTA” Award is presented during UTA’s annual American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA) Celebration to honor individuals with disabilities who choose to use UTA’s accessible fixed route bus and rail services as their opportunity to achieve independence through mainstream, integrated public transit. Fill out a nomination form PDF or Word and submit by Friday, July 13th.
Nominate a UTA Employee for the “Going the Extra Mile” Award
The “Going the Extra Mile” Award, awarded each year during UTA’s annual American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA) Celebration, is created to honor UTA employees or contractor staff who provide outstanding customer service to people with disabilities. Eligible individuals can be nominated in recognition for either one specific outstanding incident of exceptional service or for providing consistent, day-to-day friendly service that goes above and beyond expected performance and service standards. Fill out a nomination form PDF or Word and submit by Friday, July 13th.