Thursday, December 22, 2005

Come On, Do It For The Children

Casserole Bar has an interesting post up on Utah's transportation insanity. Naturally, we will always need to build roads. BUT Why should we saddle our families with miles of suburbs in which even the most mundane tasks require a car, insurance, and gas money? Why, in the age of high fuel and insurance costs, do we shackle Utah families to multiple cars when there is clearly a better and cheaper way? Why are billions of dollars made available for roads while paltry amounts for cheap public transit take YEARS to come through? Why are we talking about public transit spurs to the suburbs over the next twenty years when we have the resources to make them happen in the next five? Don't you think families would appreciate having other transportation options? Don't you think families would enjoy putting some of their gas money into their children's college funds or their extra car payment into home improvements? Our policy of "roads now, public transit in the future, we really promise, we totally will, it's really a priority and we're totally planning on talking about it in the future" is foolish.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

All other things being equal, a well run public transportation system can be better than driving your own car. You don't have to be in a big city to get good public transportation, either: Logan's system, for example, is great. There are a couple of problems with public transportation on the Wasatch Front, though, and the biggest one is the perception (all too often true!) that "a well run public transportation system" is exactly the opposite of "UTA".

With UTA, you either:
- Can't get from point A to point B, at all, ever, in any amount of time, or
- Spend at least twice as long as you would spend driving, and can only go at certain times of the day when the bus is running.

Honestly, I'd love to see all of Utah County pull out of UTA altogether, and set up our own countywide replacement. We couldn't possibly end up with worse than what we have now, and we might just manage to do the job right.

12/23/2005 11:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

it takes me 7 - 9 minutes to get from my house to work in my car where I can smoke. It takes 47 - 52 minutes to take the bus where I can't smoke.

If I could take the bus, get to work in 15 minutes, the smokeing thing wouldn't be an issue, see?

12/25/2005 09:03:00 PM  
Anonymous Ryan said...

This really upsets me. I'm in Utah County and adding one lane to I-15 is not enough. And both of the anonymous quotes are right on - it takes AT LEAST twice as long to get anywhere on the bus than in a car.

The thing that gets me is that Rep. Lockhart (my Rep) is on the Transportation task force...and Rep. Alexander the Majority Leader are BOTH from Utah county - and all we get is ONE lousy lane on I-15!? It doesn't make sense. Utah County is doomed to live in isolation and watch economic growth pass us by.

People always rip on UTA, but in Utah County I don't know that our community leaders have really given UTA much to work with. I've heard more Utah County officials (newly elected provo city councilors included) talk more about the salaries of UTA administrators than real transportation solutions. Come on Utah County - PONEY UP!

12/27/2005 09:20:00 AM  
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