Monday, November 7, 2011


To all those who have perished in train accidents this year, to their families and friends and loved ones, I extend my deepest condolences and wish to impart to you my genuine sorrow and horror that anyone should ever have to die in a train accident.  I am heartsick over the news that another individual, who presumably had family and friends and loved ones and much to live for, met his end this morning while riding TRAX.

To those of you who are yet living, let me direct a few remarks.

Please be careful.  Please.  Please.

Your life is not worth an extra fifteen minutes.  Don't try to race the train.  Don't try to sneak under the train gates, on foot or in a vehicle.  Don't text as you walk across the tracks.  Please.

The yellow line on the station platform is not there to challenge your ability to think for yourself and stand where you want.  It is to protect you from getting hit by a train.  Please, stand behind it.

The train gates across the road you are driving on are not coming down in front of you because they hate you.  They love you.  They don't want you to get hit by a train.  They don't want the train to get hit by you.  There are probably a lot of people on that train, for whose safety UTA is responsible.

For those of you who hate the train, and are trumpeting the recent rash of accidents as another reason why the evil TRAX should be shut down, let me respond simply, if tersely, that TRAX is here to stay.  It's not going anywhere.  TRAX is what makes it possible to remain in motion on the freeway on your way to work in the mornings.  TRAX is what makes the traffic jam after General Conference, or a Jazz game, or anything like it, last for an hour instead of for a day.  You may not think it, but you would sure notice the difference if TRAX suddenly stopped running and another 1,500,000 car trips per month were suddenly added to the roadway system.  And, while you were sitting in traffic, you'd probably still blame someone else.

And, KSL, how am I even supposed to take you seriously if you can't even write "Gerry Carpenter?"  That is the name of UTA's chief spokesperson, not "Gary," not "Sarpenter."  The Daily Universe gets it right; why can't you?

People at UTA weep when an accident happens.  Train operators have quit their jobs because of accidents they have been involved in.  This is not something to be taken lightly.  In a few months, everyone will be used to the new trains.  Right now, many people aren't.  Please be careful.

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