Share your mass transit needs…

From: Don Butterfield <donbutterfield@citizentransittaskforce.com>
Subject: Mass Transit Open Letter
Date: Wed, 7 Jan 2015 09:11:19 -0700

 
Salt Lake Citizens:
Our mass transit needs for the next 20 years has already been planned. The Wasatch Front Regional Council (WFRC) has completed work on a Regional Transit Plan (RTP). The council is made up of elected officials from Weber, Morgan, Davis, Salt Lake, and Utah counties, plus top officials from UTA and UDOT.
The RTP is actually a very nice piece of work, well conceived and thought out. The WFRC considered population growth, economic development, travel patterns, and a host of other variables and conditions to develop the RTP. The RTP addresses our future mass transit needs and desires. It will cost us hundreds of millions if not billions of dollars to complete the RTP.
During the construction of Trax, Front Runner, the Sugar House Streetcar, and other UTA projects, UTA has systematically gutted our bus services throughout the city.
Recently the State legislature did an audit of UTA. The audit was not very kind to UTA. During the Transportation Sub-Committee’s open meeting (This past fall) UTA admitted they “Do not have funding for improving current bus services or funding for any new bus services”.
Currently neither UTA nor the RTP addresses Salt Lake City Citizen’s current needs or desires. Residents of Salt Lake City have made it very clear that we need and want more and better bus services now. We need to address and solve our current transit needs and not have UTA or WFRC’s RTP kick them down the road another twenty five (25) years to 2040.
It is a popular opinion that UTA and the WFRC do not care about the current needs of residents along the Wasatch Front, Salt Lake Valley, nor Salt Lake City. If they really cared about the general public would have been more fully involved in the RTP development. Case in point, WFRC’s Public Involvement Policy states:
Efforts will be made to invite, by letter or e-mail, the diverse groups and persons included on the Regional Council mailing list noted below under other, item 5. Provision will be made for both oral and written comments at the meeting. The meetings will be advertised in area general circulation newspapers as display advertisements or press releases, e-and through the regular mail. The meeting dates and locations will also be posted on the WFRC internet home page and social media.
To both UTA and the WFRC this is what they consider public involvement is. It’s no wonder residents feel that they do not have a voice in their transportation or transit needs and desires.
Salt Lake City’s Citizens Transit Task Force (CTTF) is a coalition of residents residing in SLC. Its purpose is to empower residents to engage UTA, WFRC, and SLC’s Transportation Department. CTTF meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm in SLC’s Mail Library in Room “A”. Our current focus is on SLC’s Master Transit Plan which is under development. Come and join us onJanuary 13th to make your mass transit needs and desires heard.
Don Butterfield
Chairman – SLC Citizen Transit Task Force (CTTF)
Vice-Chair – Capitol Hill Community Council (CHCC)
1060 North Beck Street
Salt Lake City, Utah 84103

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