Important breakthrough on rapid transit bus route between Davis and Salt Lake counties

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  • Strider303 Salt Lake City, UT
    July 12, 2014 6:36 a.m.

    I have often wondered why UTA spent so much money on rail transport and did not consider buses as the primary mode for moving people. Buses are flexible as the route and frequency can be changed as needed, and no property has to be purchased and no rails, and expensive stations constructed.

    As to not polluting the atmosphere, the San Francisco Muni system has electric buses downtown. But you have to put up with overhead power lines, as we do now.

    Some cities have longer buses that articulate (bend) in the middle to permit larger passenger loads on peak routes.

    Buses can run on natural gas, or even hydrogen cells.

    If a clear roadway was deemed necessary to moving people, a dedicated lane on the freeway could be added. Oh, we already have that mode - the HOV lane.

    I think we've been sold a bill of goods on light and heavy rail. Having ridden both express buses and "rail", I think buss seats are more comfortable.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    July 12, 2014 12:30 a.m.

    South Davis County is closely tied to Salt Lake City economically. Salt Lake downtown attracts many customers from South Davis. But for some reason the needs of South Davis have been completely forgotten by UTA. Why?

    The bus mass transit proposal is better than nothing, but one of two things should have been included in UTA's plans: 1) extension of TRAX into North Salt Lake and Bountiful following the old Bamberger Railroad alignment (still available), or 2) a Frontrunner stop in North Salt Lake. Every major community is Davis County has a Frontrunner stop EXCEPT North Salt Lake. Why?

    In the meantime the proposal is better than what we have now. A question though: how will the new setup accommodate bikes? That is an advantage of TRAX and Frontrunner.