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Published: Tuesday, Jan. 4 2011 7:00 p.m. MST

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South Jordan, UT

sorry, i'm not buying into this streetcar thing. i'm a fan of public transport but don't think the streetcar is the answer-

Holladay, UT

This, more than anything, will make Becker a bad mayor in my book. Sugarhouse doesn't need a streetcar line. Huge waste of money. Totally irresponsible.

American Fork, UT

We need a streetcar in American Fork to take people from I-15 to my house.

Cottonwood Heights, UT

Becker.. just another politician with a personal agenda.

Cottonwood Heights, UT

How can Mayor Becker tout the Sugarhouse Streetcars as his main "Success"?

They haven't been built, yet it's already a success? A single passenger hasn't been transported, yet it's a success? A single business hasn't benefited from increased customers, yet it's a success?

How do we know it's a success until we see if people ride it and if it works, or if the community prospers from it? Construction hasn't even STARTED! A project that hasn't even started, much less been completed... is his main SUCCESS???

He's probably actually accomplished a lot this year. I guess he was just too busy to write and prepare a whole new big speach for this occasion. He already had the Sugarhouse Streetcar Proposal written, polished and he's already given that speech a hundred times... so why not give it again.

I have to admire what he did from one of my core principles... re-use and cost efficiency.

Becker's my kinda guy.

Zadruga Guy
West Jordan, UT

Timp, streetcars work very well in cities like Boston and Philadelphia. What is your proposal instead?

lost in DC
West Jordan, UT

If he calls a perpetual financial drain a success, I wonder what qualifies as a failure?

Cottonwood Heights, UT

Zadruga Guy | 1:03 p.m.

I've lived and worked in Boston, and never seen a streetcar there. I rode the T and trains every day, but never a street car. What are you talking about?

Where do they have streetcars in Boston?

Are you talking about the tour buses that look like streetcars? Those are just buses you know.

Sick Public Transit, Gloria
Fort Dulles, VA

@Zadruga Guy 1:03 p.m.

The trolleys aren't working very well in Philadelphia either; most have been replaced by buses.

Passenger rail is a relic of a bygone era. When it comes to public transportation, buses are the way to go - more flexible, smaller environmental footprint, and much cheaper.

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