A. Scott Anderson: Give Utah cities power to increase transit funding

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  • 1covey Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 27, 2014 10:00 p.m.

    UTA took away a number of bus stops- that really encouraged using the bus. And it cost money to remove the signs. But, really, even if 90% of commuters/car drivers used mass transit, would air quality improve up to the next level (i.e. red to yellow; yellow to green), when we have an inversion? We should strive to reduce emissions; but, that may not be enough. Are there ways to actually clean the air? Hopefully, somebody is looking into this aspect of the problem.

  • Fitness Freak Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 25, 2014 11:19 a.m.

    I would certainly vote AGAINST any attempt to throw more money at UTA - unless - they take whatever steps are necessary to lower the obscene salaries of management at UTA.

    UTA SHOULD be part of UDOT. Its' only natural since both UDOT and UTA are in the business of transportation.

    As things currently stand; ANY extra money going to UTA, I fear, would go to nothing but higher salaries for the UTA bosses.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 25, 2014 12:22 a.m.

    As my handle indicates I am a socialist mostly. I believe society needs some big time socialist solutions, particularly in areas like health care and the environment. But I do think private enterprise should continue in some areas, one of them being transportation. I am one of the decreasing number of people who remember the private Bamberger RR, operating between Salt Lake and Ogden. In terms of speed, frequency of service, and recovery from stops its service was vastly superior to that of UTA Frontrunner. One of my proposals, before the construction of Frontrunner between SLC and Ogden was to find a short line concessionaire to operate the old D&RGW trackage between those two cities to provide a reference point for UTA, and besides, the trackage was already in place! Think of the savings. My suggestion received no attention by anybody. It was a good idea nevertheless.

  • kiddsport Fairview, UT
    Jan. 24, 2014 2:23 p.m.

    How about giving employers an incentive to keep workers at home two or three days out of the week? So many employees could work from home but are not allowed because their managers need to see BIS.

  • Mike Richards South Jordan, Utah
    Jan. 24, 2014 7:39 a.m.

    No one has granted the "right" to government to rob from the poorest members of society to promote any "service" that does not serve everyone equally. TRAX and Frontrunner do not serve the needs of most of us. It is unthinkable that someone working for Zion's Bank would promote the confiscation of private funds for TRAX or anything like TRAX. What is he thinking? In a society where many of us work multiple jobs to pay our bills, why would he have us spend another two hours per day waiting for a bus to take us to the TRAX station and then taking a bus from the TRAX station to our workplace when we can drive there in ten minutes? I think that his "solution" is absurd and that it would unfairly tax those who cannot afford the time to dilly-dally with TRAX.

  • Makid Kearns, UT
    Jan. 24, 2014 6:28 a.m.

    I do agree that the cap needs to be removed. I also think that any bill that would raise or remove the cap needs to specify that a portion of the increase must be used to keep fares cheap.

    By cheap I mean current bus and Trax fares would be reduced to between $1.00 and $1.25 each way. Frontrunner fares would also drop 50%-60% in price.

    Doing this alone would increase ridership 50% from where it is currently. That would mean 7.5% of the population using transit.

    Using the rest as follows would have similar increases:

    Double Tracking/Electrification of Frontrunner - 15 Min service -- Estimated to be nearly 300% more riders or 40,000 daily

    10 to 15 minute headways on major bus routes and tripling of high frequency service areas -- Estimated to be 200% increase in bus riders or roughly 150,000 daily riders.

    BRT, LRT and Streetcar expansion on the unified plan would increase usage along their planned routes by between 50,000 and 75,000 daily riders.

    The numbers above are based on ridership in 2020. In total we could see in 2020 between 350,000 and 500,000 daily transit users. Or in other words, 12% to 16% transit usage.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 24, 2014 12:19 a.m.

    Frontrunner, along all of its route, must become more of a transit workhorse that it is now. How? More stops and more power in the train consists. Right now, Frontrunner is useless to many who live along its route.