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Published: Tuesday, Aug. 26 2014 4:00 p.m. MDT

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george of the jungle
goshen, UT

No consequences, so full steam ahead. Keep on keeping on. Ya don't have to pass an IQ test to run for public office. Collages and students are trying to pull a fast one to with the brilliance of the elected.

netsrik
Draper, UT

Wow. I never thought I would agree with anything John Valentine said. But here...yeah. UTA has a lot to answer for.

Emmanuel Goldstein
Salt Lake City, UT

Many have been saying that UTA is a corrupt company. Now this just confirms what we have been saying for years. There will end up not being any change because of the backdoor deals going to the politicians on the hill in Salt Lake.

Shawnm750
West Jordan, UT

I wish I could say I was surprised that another taxpayer-subsidized entity has been found operating with questionable or poor fiscal practices, but this has become a common issue lately... You expect it from our bloated federal government, but we ought to have a higher standard at the state level. There are WAY too many developers involved in Utah politics and taxpayer-funded agencies!

Fitness Freak
Salt Lake City, UT

In order to understand UTA you have to understand that First, and foremost, their main goal is to increase the salaries of the top 10% of executives. Moving people from place to place is a distant secondary concern.

They are EXPERTS at: lobbying and "promising" cities and towns - well, almost anything to get the city leaders "on board" with expansions and, ultimately, tax increases to fund the proposed expansions.

They are currently doing this in both Provo and Bountiful with rapid-transit buses (MAX buses).
What UTA is REALLY doing is "fishing" for tax increases. Of course, most of the tax increases will go to executives' salaries, but local officials "buy in" to their nonsense due to heavy lobbying and all kinds of "promises".

UTA SHOULD be under the control/direction of UDOT. Its' a natural "fit". BOTH entities SHOULD be in the interests of moving people from one place to another; the difference is with UDOT is that they don't have the ridiculous salaries at the top, and are less subject to special land deals with former/present state lawmakers.

UTA is a mess.

Contact your state legislator - PLEASE!

Juggy
SAINT GEORGE, UT

UTA is one of the most blatantly corrupt entities imaginable. They know it, we know it, everyone knows it. This is not news. I just hope this audit makes some difference. Doubt it. I'd love to see UDOT take control.

Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA

UTA runs empty buses all over town, yet their books show they're profitable. Now an audit turns up "major concerns" about "operating procedures"? I'm shocked, I tell you...shocked.

Red
San Antonia, TX

Please don't let these guys continue to run the "company" also, if there were any inside deals they cooked up then they should all be held accountable.

Anyone who let's this slide is also culpable.

We have a bunch of frauds in government agencies that are stealing from us all.

Tired of it.

We are coming to get you!

byronbca
Salt Lake City, UT

I wish we lived in a world where the crimes that rich people commit were prosecuted the same way as the crimes that poor people commit.

bricha
lehi, ut

Thank you Deseret News! For those of you who read the whole article (not too many of you as per your comments) will notice that the Deseret News did a terrific job of giving both sides to this story, and getting into the nitty gritty details so that its readers can become more knowledgeable about the topic. For example let’s answer some question one might have about UTA based on the information in the article.

Are there real problems with UTA? Yes.

Is UTA addressing those problems head on? Yes.

Had they taken the report seriously and started to make steps to fix the problems posted? Yes.

Have they cleaned up their act? Maybe.

Is there corruption? Probably, but might just be inexperienced employees doing a poor job.

UTA has made some mistakes, and they might continue to make them. But according to this article it seems that they are trying to implement procedures that could improve their track record. UTA frustrates the crap out of me, but I hope for their success, after all each person who rides the trains is a person not driving. Clearing our roads and our air.

humbug
Syracuse/Davis, UT

There is a 99% chance that nothing will be done about this.

No One Of Consequence
West Jordan, UT

As an occasional UTA rider I have long known that the first concern of UTA is not providing transportation to those who need it most. Apparently their mission revolves around, as others mentioned above, generating high management salaries, and providing sweetheart deals for developers near Trax and Front Runner stations.

UTA trains have killed too many and their buses serve too few. It's time for a shakeup.

Shawnm750
West Jordan, UT

@Bricha - I'm actually wondering what you inferred from the article that gives the impression UTA is tackling the problem "head on." They filed a suit to get their money back from the developer over 2 years ago, but have done nothing since then to pursue it. This is money that was unfairly given in the first place.

I agree that developing our mass transit program is a good thing, but we can't turn a blind eye to the questionable methods being used by the agency tasked with managing it. UTA is largely subsidized by yours and my tax dollars I want to know that every dollar I spend is being used in the most effective way possible. Padding the pocketbooks of shady developers doesn't meet that criteria in my book...

Happy Valley Heretic
Orem, UT

Socialize the costs, privatize the profits. A Conservative principal practiced heavily in Utah. I don’t usually agree with Flashback, but if we are already socializing the cost
then socialize the whole program. Tax payers should not be paying a private CEO 4 times as much as the governor makes in a year.

And they way they price it, it saves you next to nothing to use their system, gas is cheaper than commuter rail, so why ride it. Take some of that executive pay and subsidize those who can least afford it, who are trying to better themselves.

Sandy Citizen50
SANDY, UT

The article is a clear indication that for a long time UTA has a corrupt organization that greatly benefits a few of the top executives. No where else in the State are executives paid this high of a salary. Additionally, no where else in the Western US are top transportation executives paid this high of a salary. UTA is an important aspect of our community and for our future growth of the State. But we as people of this State need to demand our government to get a better accountability of this great asset of our State. First action we as a public should demand is that Greg Hughes, chairman of the board, be fired. Hughes is part of the of insider trading and cronyism of both the legislature and business and not an adequate solution to fix this mess of corruption.

Obama10
SYRACUSE, UT

Just confirms what everyone has known for a long time, yet the Utah legislature turned a blind eye. Finally an audit, but does anyone think anything will change? No! They will continue to run empty buses to destinations no one wants on a time frame that helps no one. UTA needs to be overhauled and put under the direction of UDOT.

FT
salt lake city, UT

The good, old, right wing, theological, old man network will protect their own.

RedShirt
USS Enterprise, UT

To "Happy Valley Heretic" but UTA is a government owned entity. They don't make a profit. This is an example of what liberal policies and socialism bring. You have the well connected politicians sucking the public funds dry, all through a service that they tell us will help the poor.

If you want to eliminate this type of behavior it is simple, you let UTA operate based on fares alone and turn it into a private entity. I would give it 1 week before it folded.

lket
Bluffdale, UT

the worst is the buss lines to riverton and bulfdale are gone. the busses stop at redwood and 10400 south. so to get to the train you drive 10 min then the train ride is 63 min. and the walk to the u hospital is 10 min. so i dont use uta at all. the west side of town is left on its own again.

slave
American Fork, UT

The picture should be much clearer for those wondering the real reason for relocating the prison. UTA officials are confident the Draper and Jordan Valley projects will be successful, well they should be after the development controlled legislature has set it up so they can line their own pockets. The prison move is going to cost us almost a billion dollars and we are supposed to believe that it can’t be done in the same location for much less. The only ones that are going to benefit from this are the developers. The draper parking garage makes much more sense know…

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