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Published: Tuesday, Feb. 5 2013 3:20 p.m. MST

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Obama10
SYRACUSE, UT

Any chance of UTA reducing the fare? I find it expensive everytime I want to ride the train, especially if I have a youth group to take to SLC. Plus, with all the talk of reducing the inversion, why not reduce the fare to help more people ride mass transit? The taxpayers have already paid for the trains, now let them use it.

AZKID
Mapleton, UT

UTA: Lower the train fares. Your total revenue and operating margins will go up. It is called "price elasticity of demand" and is a well known phenomenon to economists. The trains are nowhere near full, though they are somewhat crowded at peak commuter times (and yes, I ride every day, courtesy of my employer). When you have excess capacity, and you lower prices, your marginal costs of carrying the next passenger are nearly zero, so the idea makes sense economically. Just ask Southwest airlines and Jet Blue.

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