growth isn't always good. This city will soon be another Denver,
phoenix, etc. (take your pic) and all the crime, pollution, and expenses
that go with it. But, hey... maybe we can host the olympics again... SMH.
Once in a lifetime airport redesign opportunity? Oh, you mean not including the
massive expansions in the early 80's and again in the early 90's?
I fly quite a bit, here are my observations:SLC is a good airport -
well managed, but undersized for the current passenger use. I see the new
airport as a significant improvement and will help the area remain
competitive.So far, I have been impressed with how the construction
has not significantly interfered with airport access - good job and thank
you.The costs have gone up, but the design has changed
significantly. I like the new design better, having 5 short concourses is not
efficient, this appears to be more like Detroit. The original rebuild was going
to keep Concourses C and D - these currently have gates that are too close
together and don't accommodate efficient boarding/exiting. Current
boarding at the end of C or D is a real mess, too many gates and not enough
space - there are at least 5 gates at the end of each concourse.The
costs will be paid by user fees - passenger numbers will increase offsetting the
need for a significant increase. Not sure of all the conspiracy comments posted
- nice things cost money.I don't care where Trax off-loads -
the current proposal is fine. Just happy that Trax goes to the airport.
This is the love hate relationship I have with this state 3 billion for an
airport, how many billion for a prison move, how many millions for a Federal
Land grab and the list goes on on, yet they don't have a penny to spend on
education, yet they want to increases taxes for education and we continually are
at the bottom of the list in education spending. This is
mismanagement at its finest, 3 billion for Teachers and Schools would do allot
for your Utah and its kids\families. Without the educating the people building
the infrastructure is does nothing and you wonder why Utah and these companies
are recruiting people from India, Pakistan, & China. No more complaining
these people are taking out jobs when you dont qualify for them.
The new airport terminal and concourse, with all supporting
infrastructure/parking/roadways will be amazing. It's already the class in
the US to beat and it's not even open. I can't wait for this to
I really wish they wouldn't, because when they're done, we're
going to be well on our way to becoming Atlanta. I once lived in Atlanta, and
it's an okay city; but I wouldn't want to live there again.
That's why I live in the much more livable Salt Lake City. "Growth at
any cost" is always unwise, especially when the cost comes in at billions of
Here's to you CMO Beaver. You hit the nail on the head. I might add
that the contracting dollars probably don't stay in Utah either, especially
on projects like airports.A million dollars is a lot of money, where
we are talking billions here and acting like it is nothing - who does pay the
bill? Early on in the project, when I was reading about the new airport, most
of the money came from the federal government. Federal, Salt Lake City, State
of Utah - doesn't matter - tax dollars and the tax payer is getting
"fleeced". Revenue probably goes to pay for things like lounges,
entertainment venues, and clubs. I have never been in one, too bad I get to
pay for it if I want to fly?
$1.8 Billion to $3.6 Billion is not my idea of a "gradual" rise. Sounds
like the project in Boston I believe, that sky rocketed.Then we
didn't even get an answer to the question,"But will user fees
rise to accommodate the costs? Wyatt said by the time the project is done, Salt
Lake City will still have the one of the lowest costs per passengers."Actually, I would sat the answer was "yes".
@Red - How are we getting fleeced? No taxpayer dollars are being used. Only user
fees. So if you use the airport, like I do regularly, you pay for it. Yes, it
has gotten more expensive because costs in Utah keep rising. Just curious how
we're getting fleeced is all.
Having traveled a bit, one thing I appreciate about the Salt Lake City airport
that most other airports I've been to lack, is places to sit down and rest.
The Utah ruling class (real estate and construction) just get richer and
richerWelcome to the Utah state house
1.8 billion to now 3.6 billion. Who did the cost estimate, the same guys that
did the prison move?
Why would the contractors "sign on a firm bid" when they can just raise
the price?We are all getting fleeced by this project. I'm not
sure you have a qualified team to even understand the bid.We could
have bought the whole airport for $3.6 billion.All we are doing is
adding a building. It is not the empire state building either. Nice job contractors.