They spend $350 million dollars and yet, we taxpayers pick up part of the fare
for everyone that rides the train. I would have no objections to the rail
systems if the riders paid the full fare. I can't ride the trains because
there is no practical way to get from my house to work and not only do I have to
pay my full fare, I have to pay fuel taxes as well. And to make matters worse,
we have an express lane to placate the environmentalists that only increases
congestion and therefore, increases pollution.
I hate to break it to you Obama10, 7 Million cab rides would be 3.5 Million
people trips since each person would need to take the cab twice, once to the
airport and once away from the airport.If the low estimate of 5000
riders per day take this train, that is more than 1.6 Million trips per year.
Or in simple math, 2 years worth of cab rides.Now, if the high
estimate of 15,000 were to happen, that is less than 1 year of cab rides.So, it seems to me that this is money well spent.Like with
the streetcar, development will happen along North Temple, that will increase
ridership as well as property values. People need to stop thinking about what
it is currently like and think 15 to 30 years ahead.If we don't
plan ahead for our transportation needs in the future, the economy will stop as
traffic continues to worsen. You can only build so many roads before you run
out of room. Without Trax, would people be advocating for double and triple
layered I-15? Now imagine that cost...
Before spending $351 Million dollars, why wasn't this fixed? With this
money we could have provided 7 Million cab rides instead, but that wouldn't
fit the UTA narrative of building "trophy" projects at the taxpayers
expense. This way, they can justify the high salaries of the UTA Executives.