End of the line: Longtime UTA boss quietly retired after career filled with success, controversy

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  • JayTee Sandy, UT
    Aug. 1, 2012 6:22 p.m.

    Old John will probably move off into the "consultant" category, i.e., teaching other monopolies how to bilk the taxpayer for obscene projects that cost outrageous amounts of public money we don't have, to satisfy someone's "dream." I don't think UTA is either efficient or effective, but they have you as the taxpayer by the proverbial short hairs, and there's nothing much we can do about it. Once again, thank your politicians, many of whom benefit from selling right-of-ways, getting contracts for construction, etc. Just keep paying, and they'll "take care" of you.

  • Fitz Murray, UT
    Aug. 1, 2012 11:06 a.m.

    There was another John before John Inglish and that was John Pingree. He was the CEO of UTA that originally pushed Trax. He deserves some of the credit for what ever it is that is mass transit in Utah today. And according to a legislative audit years ago, he did well to buy land next to Trax stops. Ethics were and still are questionable at UTA.

    I will not miss Mr. Inglish. I believe he legacy will be one of debt, and an inefficient transit system.

  • bgwalker Saratoga Springs, UT
    Aug. 1, 2012 10:09 a.m.

    I live an hour away from my work. Using the train sounded like a great idea to save time an money on gas, however the cost for the pass would be the expense of the gas and the insurance on the car...Then UTA complains saying the prices go up because the cost per user...

    Let's use some simple first year of economics/stats logic...You raise the price you limit the user base, you lower the price and increase the user base and in turn keep your profit margins solvent with either option. So what is the benefit of the state running an service without any intent of the service being accessible (price not location).

    As for being innovative, it doesn't take a great mind to see technologies that have worked for over a hundred years in large cities, be told we are getting the Olympics and have invested in growth, and choose to do what those big cities have been doing for a hundred years.

  • Makid Kearns, UT
    Aug. 1, 2012 9:15 a.m.

    If UTA is mismanaged, think of how bad all other transit agencies must be if UTA is the best managed out of all of them.

    Those complaining about lack of service in your area. Are you living in a dense are or out in far suburbs? The closer you are to the city, the denser the population, the more frequent the service. This is standard around the country.

    Most agencies wouldn't even send buses are far out as UTA does. Live in Tooele but work in SLC, drive, no bus for you, live in riverton, herriman, alpine, daybreak, draper, farmington, lehi or any other city further away from Salt Lake, no bus for you.

    I think that with UTA offering bus service out that far is a service, frequency will come as areas increase density. This is why service is more frequent within downtown Salt Lake and up to 1 hour between buses in the far suburbs.

    We are blessed to have rail now. As the population doubles in the next 20 to 30 years we will be classed as visionary, without it, we could have 2 hour long commutes just to get to Sandy from SLC.

  • Peter Coyotl West Jordan, UT
    Aug. 1, 2012 8:43 a.m.


    "As far as John Inglish the Utah Jazz pay the 12th man on the roster more than Inglish just to occupy a bench"

    Apples and oranges.

    Only 360 men in the world are talented enough to play in the NBA. I would dare say that there are far, far more people who can run a transit agency as poorly as Mr. Inglish did with the UTA.

    People are willing to pay good money to watch the NBA. Television station pay billions to broadcast their games. No one is willing to pay a fake penny to watch a man and his cronies mismanage a transit agency, sometimes with their own personal agenda (Terry Diehl made $20 million just on one train station site) as their main priority.

  • 1conservative WEST VALLEY CITY, UT
    Aug. 1, 2012 7:56 a.m.

    This explains WHY he kept increasing his pay the last few years. Retirement is based on the last 5 yrs. It probably helped that he increased the pay of those closest to him also.
    Why not, its not HIS money!

    What UTA hasnt't told the public about yet is that the choo choo trains are more expensive to maintain than anybody at UTA understood, (or maybe they knew and just didn't want to say).

    UTA WAY overbuilt/overspent themselves thanks to the "rubber stamp" board of directors that Inglish controlled.

    Yes, UTA will be coming to the taxpayers soon to ask for a MANDATORY sales tax increase, with the caveat that if they don't get it, they'll have to discontinue some services.

    The ONLY way anything different will happen at UTA is if taxpayers write/call their local mayor and/or state representative and ask them to change UTA. Either privatize it, or attach it to UDOT, or just eliminate it.

    UTA could possibly turn out to be the biggest "black hole" moneywise that Utah has ever instigated!

  • NeilT Clearfield, UT
    Aug. 1, 2012 7:42 a.m.

    I have been with UTA since 1998. Big changes, all for the better. When light rail came online critics called it bondoogle. Evetnually cities were fighting over who got the next rail line. The critics on here have a case of the sour grapes. Try taking a cab instead of mass transit and you will soon realize what a bargain UTA is. UTA has been consistently recognized as one of the best managed transit agencies in the nation. As far as John Inglish the Utah Jazz pay the 12th man on the roster more than Inglish just to occupy a bench. With that in mind yes I do think his salary is inflated. That is another issue. Mass transit leads to economic growth. Just look at the economic growth around the rail stations. I use Farmington as an example. As far as people being killed by trains that is an unfair commnent. Some have been intentional suicide and just plain carelessness by people. Don't hear any complaints abourt all the auto fatalities.

  • Ckup Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 1, 2012 7:27 a.m.

    I just moved here from Seattle and find UTA services to be a big asset to the region. Someday we will all be really glad he fought so successfully to get things done so that we have options in how we move around the region. Sure, I am a newbie here but choosing Utah involced not only moving closer to family but also moving where there was evidence of vision for the long-haul. UTA is proof of that.

  • sally Kearns, UT
    Aug. 1, 2012 7:17 a.m.

    It's like he used taxpayers dollars to fulfill his dream without any interest in how much it would cost to use it. I wonder what else he will come up with in his retirement that everyone else gets to pay for.

  • No One Of Consequence West Jordan, UT
    July 31, 2012 11:45 p.m.

    Thanks to John we have 1800's transportation technology - trains - for the 2000's.
    Thanks to John we have a never-ending string of train deaths.
    Thanks to John we have vast areas of Salt Lake County unserved by the UTA.
    Thanks to John we have Train ticket machines that can't tell the difference between a UTA token and a steel slug.
    Thanks to John we have a "Blue" Trax line with green route signs on antique rattling trains.
    Thanks to John we have half-hour waits for the next bus at suburban train stations with no restrooms and inadequate shelter from the elements.

    Thanks John. Now go away.

  • alternate Salt Lake City, UT
    July 31, 2012 11:16 p.m.

    With fares reaching five dollars for a round trip bus or light rail ride, plus the taxes we all pay, his legacy will be the high cost of UTA including his outlandish payouts.

    Won't be long until UTA will be begging for more tax money because fares will be so high that people can't afford to use "public" transportation.

    Perhaps, this individual will surprise us and decline his outrageous retirement package, or at least a part of it. I guess we can dream!

  • thebig1 SLC, UT
    July 31, 2012 10:00 p.m.

    success? wow what did I miss in his reign

  • technos Salt Lake City, UT
    July 31, 2012 8:20 p.m.

    "we would not have the transportation options we have today.”

    And that nobody can really afford anymore.