Smart transit key to Utah's economic success today and in future

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  • romeisn'tburning layton, ut
    Aug. 15, 2013 9:31 a.m.

    I love the spin to explain the numerous trips to Switzerland to ride a mountain rail system. I've ridden the train to Leysin (which is a cog railway to a ski resort from the Lake Geneva area) without having the taxpayers pay for my trip. These UTA guys, with their $200 k salaries can afford to do the same. Hire a consultant from SBB to advise us on mountain rail don't waste our moeny sending managers with no technical engineering education to ride a train.

  • Ultra Bob Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 11, 2013 5:53 p.m.

    When the businessman’s union, the Chamber of Commerce, get together to represent their members in the quest for wealth and money, they tend to represent all businessmen. Although I suspect that the representation is effected strongly by the size and wealth of the business.

    Just like workers unions, they try to improve the profit of all businesses by limiting internal competition and applying influential control over the employer of business otherwise known as the general population of taxpayers.

    So while they tout the need for public transportation they must also consider the negative effect on others like the automobile industry, fuel and all the associated entrepreneurs. In the end a compromise is done that gets the public transportation build but limits it’s effective use.

    Small retail business would probably favor effective public transportation but they might not have the votes.

  • sprywolf Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 11, 2013 8:13 a.m.

    Proper planning and Research is one thing, The over spending of taxpayers money is another. Having good a transit system is imortant, but not on the backs of those who need the service the most. Or to pay the executives 10 to 15 times more than the average uta rider.