Exposed bus stops, late-night service among concerns raised by Utah Transit Riders Union

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A Utah Transit Riders Union meeting held October 15, 2014.

SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah Transit Authority has come under fire recently, with critics expressing dissatisfaction with limited weekend service and the lack of routes that run late at night and early in the morning.

Members of the Utah Transit Riders Union met Wednesday to discuss solutions to what they see as shortcomings among the public transit services offered in Utah.

One concern is that there aren’t any buses that run between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. The lack of weekend and holiday service is another area of concern discussed by those at the meeting.

Alex Cragun, Utah Transit Riders Union representative, said uncovered bus stops that are exposed to the winter weather is another issue they’d like to see addressed.

“You know, I’m 26, I’m fine, I’m not worried, I can navigate the ice,” he said. “But if I’m 60, if I’m 75, if I, you know, have three children–it is practically impossible to get on the bus without worrying about injuring your life. You know, yourself or others. It’s like walking on an icy tight rope.”

Cragun also said many routes don’t reach into neighborhoods, meaning riders have to travel some distance just to reach a bus or train stop. He said having to use a car to get to public transit defeats the purpose of using public transportation.

Cragun said he’d also like to see distance-based fares instead of the current flat fee UTA uses.

The 2015 budget proposal for UTA indicates the organization plans to keep customer fares at current levels and that they will offer extended services on Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day. Other planned improvements include better WiFi on FrontRunner and a new mobile app, click here for more details.

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1 Comment

  • Finny Wiggen

    Max comes directly in front of my home. Trax stops very close to where I work. Personally, I would much rather ride public transit, then drive. I would love to sit and read a book, or work on my computer, rather than deal with the stress of traffic. Especially considering that I have a Max bus every 15 minutes, and then a train right to work. I could probably get there faster than I do in a car.

    So why don’t I?

    Because it just doesn’t make any economical sense. How can I justify paying the outrageously high fares? It would literally cost me almost twice as much to ride public transit each day, as it costs me to drive. It is tempting to suggest that these costs would be more on par, if you account for what I am paying for my car. However, I have to have a car. Until UTA is willing to drive me to church, to the grocery store, and to my inlaws in Oregon for Thanksgiving, I am going to have to have a car. So we can only compare costs of gas, and mileage.

    Consider the problem that UTA has, in even more depth. If they can’t compete with my commute, a single person, who drives by himself, and who both lives, and works on two of their main lines, then how can they even begin to compete with anyone else. Such as a family?

    If I took my family downtown it would cost me $45!! I could buy nearly an entire month’s gas for that price. You don’t honestly think I am going to pay that for a single ride on your system do you!

    As I said in the beginning. I would gladly use them, if it made economical sense. I wish I could enjoy the ease of taking Max and Trax to work. But I am not going to pay their absurdly high fares, when it is just so much cheaper to drive my own car.

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