Clean air proposal would let Salt Lake residents ride UTA for $30 a month

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  • twobie Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 8, 2013 8:46 a.m.

    I think this is a fantastic initiative. Yep, it may be a bit socialistic. Isn't all taxing the 'rich' to empower the 'poor'? (i thought the initiative was about clean air though...) But i think the slogan of 'UTA pass in every pocket' is an excellent one. Economics is a factor but certainly a tip of the iceberg. Passes cost too much we does gas, registration, wrecks, and repairs. what about externalities??

    I would agree with 'no one of consequence' that scheduling is maybe the bigger factor. I'd ride trax every day to work if it wasn't for the fact that I have to cross the valley in 30 minutes to get to my U of U night classes. But all in all...i'll be signing up for this pass in January!

  • No One Of Consequence West Jordan, UT
    Oct. 5, 2013 11:15 p.m.

    **Too often, people want to take transit but have to overcome the economics of their own personal situation, Mendenhall said.
    "The financial barrier is too great," she said. "They've found that getting in their car is cheaper than getting on the bus."**

    Huh? It's not the cost, it's the schedules. If I leave my office near the U after 5:15 I risk not reaching the last bus to my home in West Jordan. A minor traffic slowdown is all it takes to miss the right train and then the last-chance bus home. The last bus on the 62 route leaves the Winchester Trax station at 6:36 pm. That's a bit early to be ending service in a large metropolitan area.

    If they really wanted more riders then they would be providing more buses more often to the outlying areas of the county. But it was more important to build their toy trains than to become a serious transportation option for suburban residents.

  • Prodicus Provo, UT
    Oct. 4, 2013 8:12 p.m.

    DN Sub 2, as you can see I anticipated your comment, and wait eagerly to hear your proposal for ending the subsidy given to private transportation, which is 7000 times greater, and having drivers cover the costs directly without any "free stuff" from "liberals."

    Or is your position really the hypocritical "socialism for me but not for thee?"

  • Western Rover Herriman, UT
    Oct. 4, 2013 4:49 p.m.

    mcdugall, the story says UTA already offers a similar program to employers, EcoPass. It wasn't hard for me to find information about that program on rideuta com, as well as another group discount program called Co-op.

  • DN Subscriber 2 SLC, UT
    Oct. 4, 2013 3:07 p.m.

    $30 a month now, but since liberals always need to get reelected, you can bet that it will soon be dropped to $0, at least for the "poor" and "The Children."

    After all, "free stuff" is a sure election winner, and it's only the working folks who pay taxes that will be paying for the "free stuff" and liberals don't care about them.

  • DEW Sandy, UT
    Oct. 4, 2013 2:57 p.m.

    Hey, how about putting all those uta buses back in Sandy area. Too many cars going around in Sandy area and some other areas in south salt lake valley.

  • mcdugall Murray, UT
    Oct. 4, 2013 2:06 p.m.

    Mayor Becker,

    Please extend this offer to Businesses and Employees who work in Salt Lake City.


  • Prodicus Provo, UT
    Oct. 4, 2013 2:03 p.m.

    Gads, make that 1/7000 rather than 1/70000. Just writing too fast.

  • Prodicus Provo, UT
    Oct. 4, 2013 1:57 p.m.

    Awesome. I really hope this takes off- not only because it will improve the air and people's transit options, but because it can help change attitudes and prejudices about public transit statewide.

    I'd love to see this come to Provo, though I doubt Mayor Curtis could pull that off in our political climate.

    BTW, I'm in before all the complainers griping about the city putting $150k towards the program and yelling that transit should be a free market. Well, the state spends well over a BILLION dollars every year on road construction, less than a third of which is paid for by gas taxes, vehicle fees, etc; this distorts the market tremendously. Moving people by putting each one in an individual autonomous 2-3 ton gasoline-burning chunk of metal is horrifically inefficient, and if it weren't so heavily subsidized, nobody could afford it. Spending 1/70000 (yes, you saw that right, one seventy-thousandth) that much to try to help correct the problems our automobile overuse is causing is well warranted.

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    Oct. 4, 2013 1:31 p.m.

    About time they start making it accessible to those who would use it most.