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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Two billion in debt? The UTA board has proven again and again in struggles at
running the operation. Start over.
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.
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.
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.
Best idea I have heard in a long time.
Please put Greg Hughes in to fix all the problems with UTA. It would be a
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.
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