Legislative task force rejects three options for UTA governance

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  • UtahEngineer Sandy, UT
    Oct. 24, 2017 5:12 p.m.

    Amazing and appalling that UTA, its downtown friends, Envision Utah, and developers have hoodwinked the Utah Legislature once again!

    At the cost of a little more control over UTA's Board by the Legislature, UTA gets a cram -it-down-taxpayer's-throat full tax hike, without risk of a county by county vote. And, of course, Gov. Herbert will sign any/every UTA tax hike.

    Last time a sales-tax hike for transit failed miserably in Salt Lake and Utah Counties, despite the pro tax machine out spending the opposition by a $670,000 to $0 mismatch.

    So, the solution is to not give well informed taxpayers, who actually try to use transit and learn of its disfunctionality the hard way, a choice..... versus the poorly informed, well propagandized tax hike ranks.

    Politicians from the ranks of the UTA Board to the Legislature and the governor will remain ignorant until they leave their cushy chairs in meeting rooms, put on their walking shoes, and use transit for all its alleged "services", walking to access stations and make transfers and burning up lots of time.... in short, getting mugged by realities of lousy bus transit along the way.

    Tax hikes won't ever cure UTA!

  • Fitness Freak Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 24, 2017 2:59 p.m.

    I'm DOUBTFUL that the legislature will do much of anything regarding the antics of UTA.

    I strongly suspect that MANY legislators are holding out hope that they too can partake of some of the sweet deals that have strangely landed in the laps of legislators/former legislators and their bff's!

  • at long last. . . Kirksville , MO
    Oct. 23, 2017 8:35 p.m.

    The answer is to cut off the money source and bring them to the legislature begging. Nothing will change without the money source drying up.

  • Strider303 American Fork, UT
    Oct. 23, 2017 6:35 p.m.

    UTA was forced on us from the top down. It is a adequate commuter system, but IMO a poor public transportation system.

    Clearly a performance audit and fiscal audit are needed to be made public. Secondly just because the Feds somehow agreed not to prosecute for alleged criminal misbehavior, that is no reason the state can't review and bring charges where warranted.

    We would be better served with electric buses, and dedicated lanes. This way route changes can be made much cheaper than laying and removing track. We can then avoid coercing development along a selected track route. This way transportation follows or goes with development and allows the market and personal choice to have a voice.

    I do not like the legislature imposing taxes to support the UTA instead of plebiscite.

    The rail system is old, out-dated, and not flexible. It is an anachronism. We could go back to horse drawn cars, it's organic, pastoral and biodegradable.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    Oct. 23, 2017 5:20 p.m.

    UTA has been a taxpayer money sucking disaster. The good ole boys club needs to be ended. The board of directors needs a clean sweep. Anything less is just more of the same corruption.