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Published: Saturday, July 21 2012 10:12 p.m. MDT

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procuradorfiscal
Tooele, UT

Re: "UTA targeting new revenue generating fare plan"

Why?

Fares are such a tiny proportion of UTA's operating expenses, it should just abandon all pretense of paying for itself. With enforcement expenses, it costs nearly as much to put on a show of UTA freeloaders paying to ride, as it cuts from the huge deficit to continue the scam.

It'd be better to renounce this icon of deranged liberalism, as the tax-wasting scam it is. But, if feckless Utah politicians feel the need to give in to out-of-state and East-Bench liberals -- who constitute the only real support for this useless "green" showpiece -- they should at least attempt to BE "green," By luring as many riders to the bloated, inefficient system as possible.

Give up on trying to make it appear it will ever pay for itself. It won't.

That would, at least, be honest.

RE
Kaysville, UT

As It is now It's cheaper to drive than to take Frontrunner and Trax. An Increase in fares especially if the cost increases as distance increases will disincentive me even more from ride UTA

alternate
Salt Lake City, UT

I haven't heard much lately on the topic but I hope UTA has abandoned the outlandish bonuses that were paid to management in the past. Pay a fair salary and if that isn't enough, find another person. Simple as that.

My other concern is the "unknown" number of people who hop on trax without paying a fare and take their chances with the UTA police. I realize it is harder to get on a bus, but trax has no check points other than seat checks. Maybe access to the train area should be controlled. I bet more revenue would surface. Of course ridership may drop if the "free rides" are taken away.

Finally, a person should not have to pay four to five dollars if they only ride a stop or two. Say a person needing to go to the store but it is too far to walk. Or a person downtown who needs to go to the capital. Free fare downtown is a good idea but fares should rigidly be enforce outside the zone.

Rational
Salt Lake City, UT

Feed the beast.

Feckless boondoggle.

What in Tucket?
Provo, UT

I don't think we will ever get transparency in this sort of thing. NO private company would put up a light rail system. Can't make a profit or even a semblance of one.

cjb
Bountiful, UT

Diesel is expensive, natural gas is cheap and likely to remain so. Perhaps new buses should be fueled with natural gas and the front runner should be converted to natural gas.

cjb
Bountiful, UT

When driving on the freeway, often I look into the front runner and don't see many passengers a lot of the time. If more people rode, this would free up roads to be less congested and reduce pollution. Why not use part of the gas tax to help pay for mass transit? This would help people whe drive cars and people who take mass transit. Also, UTA should have a sales team to make deals with employers, to encourage them to provide mass transit benefits to their employees.

Also why not provide tax credits to encourage people to live closer to their work along with a database to help facilitate this. When on the freeway in the morning I see people driving in both directions. Sometimes I think these people should switch houses so neither side of the freeway has to drive as far to work.

cjb
Bountiful, UT

Re procurator fiscal.

What makes you think mass transit doesn't already pay for itself?

Less pollution, less imported oil and depletion of resources and less military necessary to keep theoil flowing.

NedGrimley
Brigham City, UT

cjb: "When driving on the freeway, often I look into the front runner and don't see many passengers a lot of the time. If more people rode, this would free up roads to be less congested and reduce pollution."

Climb on board, buddy! Or is that something "someone else" should do.

cjb
Bountiful, UT

Re Ned

It's something most all of us should do. I drive a UTA vanpool to work. How about you?

NedGrimley
Brigham City, UT

Did you see where I live? And I work 6 blocks from my house. Not condusive to riding the bus, since there isn't one.

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