UTA’s $2 Billion Debt Means Higher Sales Taxes On The Way

The Utah Transit Authority is a sort of government agency which is mostly funded by taxpayers. It gets some federal government grant money, has some fare revenue, and charges a bit to advertise on its buses and trains. But by far the bulk of its revenue comes from state sales taxes. And it’s asking for more. A few years ago UTA made the decision to go all in on FrontRunner and Trax lines. They scaled back bus routes and piled money into building train infrastructure. And they racked up $2…

How to Fix the UTA

Here in Utah County one of the biggest current debates is over whether we should put in a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line from the Orem FrontRunner station to the Provo FrontRunner station. While there are some who think that BRT has no place in Utah Valley, most agree that some kind of mass transit is not only inevitable, but also desirable. I tend to fall in the latter camp. I have been to cities all around the world that have amazing mass transit systems and they can make a…