Growing agency wants to reduce dependence on sales tax dollars
Re: "UTA targeting new revenue generating fare plan"Why?Fares are such a tiny proportion of UTA's operating expenses, it
should just abandon all pretense of paying for itself. With enforcement
expenses, it costs nearly as much to put on a show of UTA freeloaders paying to
ride, as it cuts from the huge deficit to continue the scam.It'd be better to renounce this icon of deranged liberalism, as the
tax-wasting scam it is. But, if feckless Utah politicians feel the need to give
in to out-of-state and East-Bench liberals -- who constitute the only real
support for this useless "green" showpiece -- they should at least
attempt to BE "green," By luring as many riders to the bloated,
inefficient system as possible.Give up on trying to make it appear
it will ever pay for itself. It won't.That would, at least, be
As It is now It's cheaper to drive than to take Frontrunner and Trax. An
Increase in fares especially if the cost increases as distance increases will
disincentive me even more from ride UTA
I haven't heard much lately on the topic but I hope UTA has abandoned the
outlandish bonuses that were paid to management in the past. Pay a fair salary
and if that isn't enough, find another person. Simple as that.My other concern is the "unknown" number of people who hop on trax
without paying a fare and take their chances with the UTA police. I realize it
is harder to get on a bus, but trax has no check points other than seat checks.
Maybe access to the train area should be controlled. I bet more revenue would
surface. Of course ridership may drop if the "free rides" are taken
away.Finally, a person should not have to pay four to five dollars
if they only ride a stop or two. Say a person needing to go to the store but it
is too far to walk. Or a person downtown who needs to go to the capital. Free
fare downtown is a good idea but fares should rigidly be enforce outside the
Feed the beast.Feckless boondoggle.
I don't think we will ever get transparency in this sort of thing. NO
private company would put up a light rail system. Can't make a profit or
even a semblance of one.
Diesel is expensive, natural gas is cheap and likely to remain so. Perhaps new
buses should be fueled with natural gas and the front runner should be converted
to natural gas.
When driving on the freeway, often I look into the front runner and don't
see many passengers a lot of the time. If more people rode, this would free up
roads to be less congested and reduce pollution. Why not use part of the gas
tax to help pay for mass transit? This would help people whe drive cars and
people who take mass transit. Also, UTA should have a sales team to make deals
with employers, to encourage them to provide mass transit benefits to their
employees. Also why not provide tax credits to encourage people to
live closer to their work along with a database to help facilitate this. When
on the freeway in the morning I see people driving in both directions. Sometimes
I think these people should switch houses so neither side of the freeway has to
drive as far to work.
Re procurator fiscal.What makes you think mass transit doesn't
already pay for itself?Less pollution, less imported oil and
depletion of resources and less military necessary to keep theoil flowing.
cjb: "When driving on the freeway, often I look into the front runner and
don't see many passengers a lot of the time. If more people rode, this
would free up roads to be less congested and reduce pollution."Climb on board, buddy! Or is that something "someone else" should do.
Re NedIt's something most all of us should do. I drive a UTA
vanpool to work. How about you?
Did you see where I live? And I work 6 blocks from my house. Not condusive to
riding the bus, since there isn't one.