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Published: Thursday, July 12 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Midvaliean
MIDVALE, UT

Well Bryce, if you take the street car line you will move faster through all that traffic. If you don't recall there is a gapping HOLE in sugar house where some fool investor didn't finish his job. ANYTHING done to that area (sugarhouse) is a worthy endeavor. Try taking tracks to a jazz game or something, see if it works rather than just complain.

Esquire
Springville, UT

Do you use the business? If not, then should you really be huffing on whether or not it is sufficient? Maybe there are many good reasons why this project is good for Sugarhouse.

Esquire
Springville, UT

Bus is what I meant, not business. (auto-correcting keyboard).

Makid
Kearns, UT

With nearly $500 Million in development happening in Sugar House in the next few years and nearly 1500 more residents in the area, this is sorely needed.

The roads in the area are already packed during the day. Add in the population increase and the roads will be beyond bursting. There isn't any chance that the roads will be widened due to the density in the area, more buses won't work as traffic is already bad now.

What would you have them do? Nothing? That won't work. This is 1 area that needs it now. There are many others that will need it in the next 10 to 20 years. SLC is planning for this as they have seen the numbers and know that increased transit options are the only way to move more people when road widening cannot occur.

I personally thing adding Light Rail & Street Cars is a better way to go then congestion pricing on cars trying to drive through a given area.

lost in DC
West Jordan, UT

Bryce,
you nailed it - nostalgia - that's the only reason it is being built.

Esquire,
whether Bryce rides the bus or not, he is still PAYING for the streecar line through his taxes, so he has every right to complain. You may not agree with his complaint, but please do not claim he has no right to make it as the taxes he pays buy him that right.

Makid,
Will density increase in Sugarhouse? maybe, but ever hear of feet and legs? The spur is not that long that you cannot walk. And don't talk about winter cold or summer heat. Go to Manhattan and see how many people WALK to get around and our weather is no worse than theirs. Another thing you will see in Manhattan is the average Joe there is not nearly as FAT as we are.

No, I can think of better uses for my sales tax dollars than a spur in Sugarhouse

Midvaliean
MIDVALE, UT

The population of Utah is expected to double over the next 20 or so years. Its a good idea to be ready. I think that public transportation is going to look a lot more appealing when the freeways are completely clogged with people. And guess what... it will already be in place!

Esquire
Springville, UT

@ lost in DC, the issue raised by the writer is sufficiency of buses in the Sugarhouse area. A long term vision for infrastructure is needed, and there seems to be some here. The late Sam Taylor, a long time opponent of light rail, turned out to be wrong. These kinds of projects have led to an improvement in lifestyle, encouraged development and otherwise benefited cities around the world in ways other than whether fares fully pay for the cost of the project. A simple example is Interstate highways. At its own level, this project will provide many benefits to the community. Time to think forward instead of going back to the 1960s era of cars, cars, cars which ultimately had a negative impact on cities and quality of life in many ways. We are seeing a trend back to urbanization and alternate transportation modes, a result of the marketplace. We have a duty to respond with appropriate infrastructure improvements, just as was done by leaders in the past. Conservatives seem to not want to invest in our country. Maybe they want to go "third world". Sure seems that way.

Henderson
Orem, UT

I agree w/lost in DC

We should give all the money for our infrastructure to the rich so they can hide it in the Cayman Islands and Swiss Bank Accounts. Then, they'll create jobs by asking us to build car garage elevators in their gigantic mansions.

Oh, and we should also defund public education. Privatize everything. Vouchers. Fracking in Utah and burying Nuke waste will provide our state with all the money it will ever need.

that'll save the country!

Along with throwing another $1 or $2 trillion away in the middle east. Maybe we could "stimulate" our economy by fighting another war, maybe this time in Iran. Since the Iraqi and Afghanistan wars have done "wonders" for our economy, right?

the middle-class fights and pays these wars while the rich hide money overseas.

Until it's election year, when they throw over $100 million at a flip flopping CEO to become President and do everything that they say.

Fitness Freak
Salt Lake City, UT

UTA does WHAT they want WHEN they want. Public need or "best use" of tax dollars doesn't really enter into the equation.

UTA should be privatized, or allow the general public to vote on whether to continue to fund them.

The ONLY way it will ever change is if citizens write or call their elected representatives to let them know how they feel.

The state legislature really needs to get involved. UTA "board" is nothing but a rubber stamp for whatever UTA mgmt. wants.

lost in DC
West Jordan, UT

Henderson,
a typical response.

when you cannot refute, you distort and place never spoken words in my mouth.

I guess you're OK with 80% of the porkulus money spent on "green" energy companies being spent OUTSIDE the US and you are CERTAIN none of your 401(k), other retirement account, or mutual funds have NO international invesments. You can guarantee that, right?

And you know for a fact that I have opposed EVERY school funding vote every put before me and have supported EVERY voucher bill presented? That would be a lie since I have never opposed the former or supported the latter.

flip-flopping CEO. better than a president who consistently lies. No lobbyists in his administration, close GITMO, keep your current health plan if you like it, cut the cost of health care, cut the deficit in half, open and transparent adminsitration (executive privilege for gun runners, anyone?), all bills posted on line before passage, etc ad infinitum.

But since I don't agree with you, I have no right to express my opinion. That was the main point of my first post, since Bryce was PAYING, he has a right to complain. knock yourself out!

Esquire
Springville, UT

@ Counter Intelligence, good comment.

Henderson
Orem, UT

"when you cannot refute"

Oh please. There's no need to refute, others have already done that. I have refuted your posts before. Besides, I know how you are and how much of a waste of time it is to refute the worthless points you try and make.

"flip-flopping CEO. better than a president who consistently lies"

Are you describing your etch a sketch? Lying and flip flopping to me is essentially the same.

Ultra Bob
Cottonwood Heights, UT

When business controls the government, like in Utah and all the other governments in America, taxpayer money is being stolen under false pretences. The fact is, building public works is extremely profitable for business and the civic leaders who give the taxpayer money away.

Once built, the interest wanes, There’s no big profit in public venues. And even if the development fails the business walks away with huge profits.

When governments run into financial difficulty, they point to wages and benefits of civil workers as being the problem. When it is really the give-away government to their business masters who are at fault.

So when your city becomes bankrupt, try to remember where the money went. Better still, get business out of government.

George
Bronx, NY

@lost in DC
Have you actually spent much time in my city? If you had you would know that we have a very, very extensive mass transit system.70% of people that live in manhattan as I do do not even own a car so it is true we walk more but we also have learned to live without our cars and know that we have easy reliable access to mass transit when needed. I gave up my car when I moved from Utah to New York and I i have to say I have never missed it because or transit system is so extensive there is no need for a car.

jsf
Centerville, UT

I as a conservative do like the idea of the street car lines. The serve a very needed service. The only problem is they usually forget the need for destinations at both ends. The UofU line should have been extended to Hogle Zoo. The Sugar house line should pass through the Sugar House Park, at least it will go near West Minister College. In the late forties, and fifties you could go as far as preston ID. Why has UTA terminated the Airport line at the Airport, they should have extended through the International Center and out to Tooele.

lost in DC
West Jordan, UT

Henderson,
I'm sorry, you said you refuted. Tell me where you said:

the spur was not just for nastalgia.

Bryce is not paying for the spur with his taxes and therefore he cannot complain

people in Manhattan do not walk a few blocks to transit stations.

You did not respond to ANYTHING I said. You went on the typical diatribe of lefties picking a fight with wild rantings.

George,
I replied earlier - DN did not post - sorry for the delay.

I have spent two-three week stints in NYC for work, though it has been a couple years. You have an extensive and efficient transit system. But not trains every 200 yards throughout the entire city (please correct me if I am wrong), but you have bus coverage in shorter intervals (as does/would sugarhouse). New Yorkers do have to walk a few blocks to reach some transit stations; they have to walk in the cold of winter and the heat of summer, as would the residents of Sugarhouse if this spur is not built.

I chose NYC for my example because the weather extremes are not that dissimilar to ours AND because of your efficient system.

Makid
Kearns, UT

Lost in DC,

You may not be aware but the bus speed in New York is the slowest of any bus speed in the country due to the congestion on the roads. There are some new express buses that have been put in that run in dedicated lanes. To do this, they took 5 lane roads and dropped them down to 3 lanes, 1 each direction and 1 turning lane. This sped up the speed by just over 50%.

Now, extra buses in Sugar House isn't possible because of the current level of congestion. Adding more buses makes it worse as they are in traffic. Removing a lane of travel from both sides of 2100 South would be terrible for the area as this would increase travel delays for the whole corridor.

By building the street car line on an abandoned rail line that is owned by UTA, they are able to increase coverage for the area without increasing congestion for the residents. This increases the general welfare of the residents as well as increases the property value for those near the line. At the same time, it will decrease congestion along 2100 South.

lost in DC
West Jordan, UT

Makid,
thank you for the reasoned response.

you have better spelled out the reasons for the line than Henderson. Maybe because that was not the intent of Henderson's comment

I still believe there is plenty of room for pedestrian traffic along where this spur would run (thus the comparison with NYC and how people there walk). While I see some benefit to the spur, I do not believe the benefits outweigh the cost to operate and maintain the line. Others will disagree.

Henderson,
"Lying and flip flopping to me is essentially the same". So you won't be voting for BO?

taxingthepoor
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

The only reason they are building it is because of the 26 million grant they got from the federal government. Salt Lake and South Salt lake is spending 10 times that around it.

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