Fixing UTA problems

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  • Mike W Syracuse, UT
    April 23, 2014 12:32 p.m.

    Excellent and accurate letter. Seems every time they change the schedules they make it worse. Numerous co-workers of mine now get home 30 minutes later than before because of the idiotic alignment of Trax and northbound FrontRunner at North Temple. The highly paid UTA execs don't ride it, so what do they care? While they were passing around bonuses, did any of the actual train or bus drivers get any bonuses for on time arrivals? I'm guessing the execs kept it all for themselves.

  • RicoS Orem, UT
    April 22, 2014 6:39 p.m.

    Yes, they should have adjusted the Frontrunner schedule--without regard to how that would affect all other routes in the system that are dependent on the Frontrunner schedule, instead of changing the green line, with a lot fewer dependencies. Yeah, that makes sense.

  • Mike Richards South Jordan, Utah
    April 21, 2014 11:06 a.m.

    If riders had to pay the full cost to ride TRAX, there would be no problem because there would be no riders. TRAX is a failed system because it uses tax dollars to pay for a "service" that could not sustain itself on its own. If enough people used TRAX to keep the ticket prices at the current level, TRAX could not accommodate that many riders.

    Let civic minded people give their time - without charge - to run UTA. There is absolutely no need to pay management. I would be happy to volunteer ten hours a week. I know that many other people would gladly help out.

    The salaries paid are just a drop in the bucket of the total UTA costs, but a symbolic gesture would tell the "fat cats" that their turn at the feeding bowl are over.

  • Fitness Freak Salt Lake City, UT
    April 21, 2014 9:30 a.m.

    Unless/until the legislature steps in and puts UTA under the control and management of UDOT - NOTHING will change.

    They've got the absolute best business model in the world - for the bosses. They get to vote themselves raises, and bonuses, yet are only answerable to a "board" (I use the term loosely).

    The "board", to the best of my knowledge have NEVER turned down anything management wants. That applies to what projects get built, hours of operation, etc.

    The "board" is appointed by the various local taxing entities. IF you ever want to get anything changed, you are going to have to petition your local mayors, or even your state legislature.

    Time is way overdue for taxpayers to stop wasting money on UTA.

  • John Charity Spring Back Home in Davis County, UT
    April 21, 2014 7:19 a.m.

    David is absolutely correct that UTA is an absolute mess. Bureaucrats run amok in this failed organization that never seems to plan or coordinate its various projects. Frontrunner, Trax, and the bus routes have no seeming relation to each other whatsoever.

    The question is: why is this so? Why does this organization care so little for service or efficiency? The answer is that this is the inevitable result of an entitlement system in which no one is held accountable.

    Unless the public takes a stand against left-wing practices by government and quasi-governmental agencies, the UTA mentality will continue to spread. No reasonable person would desire that outcome.