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 say..so 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!
**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.
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?"
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.
$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.
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.
Mayor Becker, Please extend this offer to Businesses and Employees
who work in Salt Lake City. Thanks
Gads, make that 1/7000 rather than 1/70000. Just writing too fast.
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.
About time they start making it accessible to those who would use it most.