Should UTA just handle operations and maintenance of rail, bus lines?

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  • Holy-Schamoly-What Baloney Kaysville, UT
    June 15, 2017 1:13 p.m.

    They should be merged with UDOT, eliminating competing interests on Capitol Hill and lobbying where two kingdoms are trying to out-do each other and solutions are not shared. And while you're at it, Senator, clean up UDOT as well. Both of these entities seem incompetent.

  • Ultra Bob Cottonwood Heights, UT
    June 15, 2017 10:30 a.m.

    Government of business, by business and for business will never be a good government. The sort of government with its main objective being the accumulation of wealth for the rich and powerful will not promote the health and welfare of ordinary people.

    The only way to correct the problem is to equalize the power of election for all people. So that all people, including the ordinary non-business people have some say in their government. We must stop the money control over elections by ending the election campaigns financed by private money.

  • Pragmatic One Mesa, AZ
    June 15, 2017 10:08 a.m.

    An outstanding idea. I have long followed the UTA debacles and find the idea of the UTA board focusing on operations and nothing else a sound and practical proposal. The board at UTA seems to have focused so much on expansion that they have literally let the operation of the services for which they are entrusted fall by the wayside.

    I had the opportunity on a recent trip to Salt Lake of listening to 3 bus drivers commiserate while waiting for a TRAX train to arrive. They felt that no-one listened to their issues and concerns, that safety issues were being ignored, and that the front office in general was completely out of touch with the front line workforce.

    Getting the UTA board to focus on the safety of its equipment and conducting regular focused training on safety and operations with its workforce will go a long way to moving UTA into the "Stellar" operation that the board has purported it to be for many years.

  • No One Of Consequence West Jordan, UT
    June 15, 2017 10:04 a.m.

    Looks like an excuse to spend more money on rail transit, not a plan to manage public funds in a more responsible manner. UTA has reduced the level of service to many areas and built a railroad with the sole purpose of raising property values near rail stations. Who knows what wonders the legislature could create on top of that.

    Rail transit made sense when people were driving horse-drawn wagons on dirt roads. We now have all manner of vehicles that are powered by gasoline, diesel, natural gas and electricity (coal) that can get people to more locations than rail ever could. UTA has given us the gift of 1890's public transit; who could ask for more?

  • Hiatis GRANGER, UT
    June 15, 2017 9:28 a.m.

    To bad Utah didn't adopt a Monorail system like most people wanted to help the buses. We as a State just took a step back in time when that happened and the lives that have been lost and injuries that have stacked up show the incompetence of those running the show. The rail system was voted down and Utah built it anyway to the dismay and anger of most Citizens at that time. They tore out the old Bamberger rails and more or less just put them right back. The time or man hours wasted by Trax stopping traffic or vice versa is astounding over a years time, not to mention all the accidents and more ugly wires strung all over than hairs on a dog.

  • stevo123 Driggs, ID
    June 15, 2017 8:06 a.m.

    Two billion in debt? The UTA board has proven again and again in struggles at running the operation. Start over.

  • JaAber South Jordan, UT
    June 15, 2017 5:49 a.m.

    UTA proves daily that they are incapable of running a bus/train system correctly. I ride FrontRunner and multiple Trax trains daily, and it never ceases to amaze me how inept they really are. For example, last weekend with the construction going on uptown, blue became red and green, red morphed into blue and green and red, and black popped in out of nowhere. Did UTA warn us before Friday that it was going to happen? No. Did they even fix the announcement systems on their trains? No. I was on a blue train going to the airport (even though it said Salt Lake Central in its windows and in front of the train), and the announcement inside the train said "exit here for green line to the airport," but then there was a UTA employee on the platform telling all the people who had gotten off the train to get back on the train because it was really going to the airport - and, of course, not everybody was able to get back on the train before it left.

    No. UTA should not be running buses and trains. They should just not be.

  • mightymite , 00
    June 14, 2017 11:54 p.m.

    What a novel idea and change of direction this would be. Projects and lining the pockets of themselves, friends and developers is what they focused on. The actual running and management of the system is just an ancillary aspect of the business model that was created.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    June 14, 2017 10:07 p.m.

    Wrong move. Despite some problems with UTA, it is the best place to look at the big picture of ridership, growth, costs, current and future equipment needs and costs, maintenance, construction, personnel and other costs of expanding routes. They have less political interest in serving some legislator's community if the numbers don't work.

    The UTA Board can do that. Assuming, of course that it is composed of transportation professionals, not political hacks, greedy developers, or crooks. Those people deserve fair compensation. However, the present board membership is not the quality needed, and their pay may be more than some deserve.

    Ironically, the one guy best suited for the board was the transportation professor from the University of Utah who was fired by the Salt Lake Mayor for her own reasons.

    June 14, 2017 9:30 p.m.

    Best idea I have heard in a long time.

  • oaklandaforlife SLC, UT
    June 14, 2017 9:24 p.m.

    Please put Greg Hughes in to fix all the problems with UTA. It would be a blessing.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    June 14, 2017 9:05 p.m.

    YES! Transit authorities should stick to transit. Development, housing and commercial shops, was ripe for corruption-which is exactly what happened. UTA has a very small ridership, yet their execs make 2-3 times the salary of the execs that run NYC, San Fran, Metro DC, etc. New York's MTA sees more riders in 10 days than UTA sees in a year, yet their execs are paid 40% less. UTA needs to start all over and break with their developer friends and family.

  • Fitness Freak Salt Lake City, UT
    June 14, 2017 7:54 p.m.

    Why doesn't the legislature, and other elected officials, instead of doing all these mental/fiscal gymnastics just DEMAND that UTA fix itself??

    Mgmt. at UTA has made this mess, all the while awarding themselves huge salaries and bonuses.

    The different cities/entities that CAN appoint UTA board members should appoint trustworthy, average citizens who actually USE UTA services, (hopefully with even a modicum of financial background) who's first step would be to cut all mgmt salaries above 100k down to at least a reasonable amount.

    The mgmt. salaries at UTA are ludicrous - start there to pay off the 2billion in debt. You never know the rest of the solution may follow!!