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Letter: Faster commute?

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  • Bruzzer Ogden, UT
    Dec. 11, 2012 6:53 a.m.

    OK it should not matter where you live (so far away from work) my taxmoney is just as green as yours and Uta should provide service plain and simple Really I do not have any kids but my taxes still goes for schools for the persons that have five or six kids or those on welfare

  • Fitness Freak Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 15, 2012 1:22 p.m.

    Best use of taxpayers' commuter dollars is not a priority for UTA.

    Making themselves wealthy at taxpayer expense is.

    Yes, they will be taking more and more buses away as they build more and more rail lines that they don't have the funds to operate. Trains make a good p.r. stunt but aren't the most effecient use of transit dollars. Trains are great when the majority of the population lives very close to a train station. Its not that way in Utah OR S.L. County. We live in a semi-rural area compared to major metropolitan areas, thats why buses threading their way through the suburbs are more effective than trains in serving the area where we live.
    After UTA raises the fares to the point where NO ONE rides their trains (probably no buses by this time,) they will come back to the taxpayers and ask them for a tax increase in order to keep the trains rolling.
    It WILL happen; its only a matter of how long it will take.

    The state legislature CAN solve the problem if they bother.
    I'm not holding my breath.

  • Makid Kearns, UT
    Oct. 15, 2012 6:26 a.m.

    Commutes will be faster for some and slower for others.

    It is your choice to live so far away from your place of employment, that is not UTA's fault. They do try to make it easier for the majority to get around faster. Unfortunately, most of the majority are happy and won't complain.

    What we hear from frequently are what is commonly referred to as "The Vocal Minority". They are the ones that make the most noise about commute times, cuts to routes that are lightly used and so forth.

    Each person needs to look at what is good for themselves. If it does add 30 minutes to your commute, ask if that is better than the stress of driving with other Utah Drivers. You can also research planning and zoning in the surrounding area to find out about planned residential development to see if commute times will increase for drivers also.

    Everyone wants to blame UTA for long commute times for riders but doesn't blame cities for sprawling developments that increase commute times for drivers. As developments get further away from Salt Lake, driving commute times will keep increasing.