Excellent and accurate letter. Seems every time they change the schedules they
make it worse. Numerous co-workers of mine now get home 30 minutes later than
before because of the idiotic alignment of Trax and northbound FrontRunner at
North Temple. The highly paid UTA execs don't ride it, so what do they
care? While they were passing around bonuses, did any of the actual train or
bus drivers get any bonuses for on time arrivals? I'm guessing the execs
kept it all for themselves.
Yes, they should have adjusted the Frontrunner schedule--without regard to how
that would affect all other routes in the system that are dependent on the
Frontrunner schedule, instead of changing the green line, with a lot fewer
dependencies. Yeah, that makes sense.
If riders had to pay the full cost to ride TRAX, there would be no problem
because there would be no riders. TRAX is a failed system because it uses tax
dollars to pay for a "service" that could not sustain itself on its own.
If enough people used TRAX to keep the ticket prices at the current level, TRAX
could not accommodate that many riders.Let civic minded people give
their time - without charge - to run UTA. There is absolutely no need to pay
management. I would be happy to volunteer ten hours a week. I know that many
other people would gladly help out. The salaries paid are just a
drop in the bucket of the total UTA costs, but a symbolic gesture would tell the
"fat cats" that their turn at the feeding bowl are over.
Unless/until the legislature steps in and puts UTA under the control and
management of UDOT - NOTHING will change.They've got the
absolute best business model in the world - for the bosses. They get to vote
themselves raises, and bonuses, yet are only answerable to a "board" (I
use the term loosely).The "board", to the best of my
knowledge have NEVER turned down anything management wants. That applies to
what projects get built, hours of operation, etc.The "board"
is appointed by the various local taxing entities. IF you ever want to get
anything changed, you are going to have to petition your local mayors, or even
your state legislature.Time is way overdue for taxpayers to stop
wasting money on UTA.
David is absolutely correct that UTA is an absolute mess. Bureaucrats run amok
in this failed organization that never seems to plan or coordinate its various
projects. Frontrunner, Trax, and the bus routes have no seeming relation to each
other whatsoever.The question is: why is this so? Why does this
organization care so little for service or efficiency? The answer is that this
is the inevitable result of an entitlement system in which no one is held
accountable.Unless the public takes a stand against left-wing
practices by government and quasi-governmental agencies, the UTA mentality will
continue to spread. No reasonable person would desire that outcome.