A new transit route through the heart of the University of Utah campus will feature a fully electric city bus powered by WAVE technology. The shuttle will operate a regular service to coincide with light rail commuter traffic coming from downtown Salt Lake City and its suburbs. The bus will be charged wirelessly from a WAVE charging station located under the roadbed as it waits for the light rail train. The project is being funded by a grant from the Federal Transit Administration.
The bus will use the first transit route to be built through the center of the University of Utah campus; a route yet to exist due to strong objections on the campus to tailpipe emissions and noise. The new concept seems to address that concern; a bus operating on wireless power transfer technology would be extremely quiet and would have no tailpipe emissions at all. Currently existing student shuttle buses circle the campus on perimeter streets.