Of course, people in the United States like to hate on their transit companies, too--especially people who don't even take transit, which boggles my mind. Take the following example:
Now it's time for the part of the show where I
Did you know that $26 million of that $55.5 million came from a TIGER II Grant (Do you even know what a TIGER II Grant is? Look it up)? That leaves $29.5 million from other sources, including local taxpayers. In contrast, the Utah Legislature in 2009 approved a bond for $1.725 billion to finance I-15 CORE from Provo to American Fork alone. Do the math: it's over 58:1. Having done this math, I now consider myself quite magnanimous for not having acridly complained to the local newspaper, given that, once the train is done, I plan on never, ever, ever seeing that stretch of I-15 again. Ever.
UTA's board of trustees represents Salt Lake, Utah, Davis, Weber, Tooele, and Box Elder counties. That is, UTA's entire service area. I don't know what "own area" even means here.
Also, I suppose the fact that Sandy already has three TRAX stations, is getting one more, will have a FrontRunner station nearby, and will, in a few years, boast a significant retail development at the Sandy Civic Center TRAX station is, to you, indisputable evidence that UTA has brazenly neglected your neck of the entire taxpaying public. Yep, they sure don't think about Sandy, do they? Did you know that SANDY, yes, your very own Sandy, is considering a streetcar of their OWN, to connect the Civic Center TRAX and the 10200 South FrontRunner station? What a waste, don't you think?
I know I shouldn't spend time on such drivel. But the problem is, such drivel gets printed, and people read it. The time I have spent tonight is in the interest of counteracting such drivel, and reminding the internet that public transportation is a good thing that helps communities, not just an inconvenience for those too high-and-mighty to need it. Thanks for playing. See you tomorrow.