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Published: Thursday, Aug. 28 2014 1:35 p.m. MDT

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aghast
SYRACUSE, UT

While I am all for accountability, I am not sure that an "elected official" will be any better. Who did we have in mind? Maybe a former Attorney General?

Fitness Freak
Salt Lake City, UT

NOPE

Sorry Guv. you know the phrase "you can put lipstick on a pig but its' still......."

Mismanagement at UTA is beyond ridiculous. The legislature needs to either replace/fire the WHOLE upper management or move the whole mess under the control of UDOT.

The ONLY thing that has kept UTA afloat is their lobbyists at the legislature. BIG TIME lobbyists, BTW who are being paid by OUR tax dollars.

Just replacing a couple of "board" members won't cut it. The "board" never has been anything but a rubber stamp for ANYTHING management want anyway.

Any first semester accounting student would have been able to tell that the choo-choo trains weren't funded properly regarding their long-term maintenance and that they are a massive drain on the budget (besides the bosses' salaries).

City leaders wholeheartedly supported the choo-choo trains as long as UTA promised to bring them to THEIR cities.

Those opposed to the massive malfeasance are starting to get involved by writing to their legislators and joining together to make mass transit more cost effective for everyone.

WHY can't the Guv. help rather than brushing the whole thing aside??

unclefhoppy
West Jordan, UT

I have had this "opinion" for 30+ years. And almost ALL of the bus drivers I have talked with [Salt Lake City, then Seattle, and back to SLC] agree with me. "Management" needs to step out of their "paid/perk" SUV's, and use the system that they "manage" for 1 month during the summer, but most importantly, 1 month in the "dead of winter".

RRB
SLC, UT

I agree with the Governor. Right now no one is accountable to the voters.

UtahEngineer
Sandy, UT

Wrong, Governor.

Having senior Government officials on the UTA board has helped UTA get special legislation and tax hikes through. Down in Utah County, County Commission Chair, Larry Ellertson actually pushed for and voted on the tax hikes to build FrontRunner South, while he was Chairman of the Board at UTA.

Mister Hughes still doesn't have a clue as to what needs to be done. I doubt that he has really studied all of this audit and he certainly does not understand the implications in the last Utah Legislature audit, 2012-001, pointing to UTA's precarious financial picture.

Even though he represents Draper, he is clueless about the broken promises for bus service in Sandy and Draper. There should have been bus routes everywhere, but instead there is just a few pieces of routes mostly operating only 5 days a week.

No One Of Consequence
West Jordan, UT

Replace the board with people from the general public elected every two years with no one eligible to be re-elected. Then require that UTA meet ridership goals and provide bus service to within 2 miles of all neighborhoods in their service areas.

No private company could have survived while gutting their main product - bus service - to build a hobby railroad. The public owns UTA and supports it with tax dollars but we are not getting a reasonable return on our investment. We tax the poor to provide transit service but provide the best service to those who can afford to not use UTA.

UtahEngineer
Sandy, UT

"In the past, UTA offered later services hours under a pilot project.... ."

This UTA statement is not true. Back in the early to mid-90's UTA had lots of late running buses. They had a separate schedule called, "Nite Ride".

"Offering later service hours is not just a quality of life issue, Cragun said, calling it a necessity for many...".

Mr. Cragun is referring to the "transit dependent" among us, for whom a reasonably well run transit system is a lifeline.

UTA used to claim, before the TRAX bandwagon got rolling, that 80% of the bus riders were "Transit Dependent". Now, they have flipped what was the intended role of UTA when Sam Taylor and Dixie Leavitt got that first 1/4-cent tax... that UTA must serve this important social function. Recently, UTA claimed that 80% of its riders were not dependent on transit, but had alternatives. Now, only 20% of riders are "Transit Dependent".

AS UTA executives gleefully pocketed their bonuses ranging from three to seven times the maximum allowed at UDOT, They conveniently forgot to maintain the foundation for all transit of a well run bus system that fulfills the values of the community.

watchman
Salt Lake City, UT

I don't know what the answer is but it seems that since its inception the UTA board generally has gone along with what management has asked for including approving obscene salaries and benefits for management.

To anybody who has paid attention to this fiasco it is easy to see that UTA is out of control of the taxpayer and at the mercy of those in charge.

What To Do
Salt Lake City, UT

Like that will help! Sorry Gov. another attempt to pass the buck and expand governments reach. Don't forget the legislature will want to be paid for this perk as well and then there is the political corruption and old boy game playing. It is time to do some serious thinking about what would be best for the UTA board and the public and stop the hip shooting.

lket
Bluffdale, UT

when are they going to bring service back to riveton and blufdale. longest commute times and we don't have any busses. oh and they have no one that is over them. so they have no customer service.

UtahEngineer
Sandy, UT

What Governor Herbert should do immediately is to demand the replacement of 3 or 4 of the more inept... longer serving... members of the UTA Board, and replace them with highly competent civil engineers from UDOT.

The most needed profession needed on the UTA Board is Civil Engineers who have transportation engineering expertise.

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