To: Rep. McKell, M.,
Subject: Less Pay for TRAX/UTA heads, lower fares for us
In today's (January 27th) Salt Lake Tribune is a complete list of our legislators, name, occupation, phone number, e-mail address. city. I will be contacting each and every single one of them about our air quality. What I will address is this:
We taxpayers paid for TRAX to come to our city. The heads of TRAX/UTA have taken enormous salaries for themselves (higher than those in cities larger than ours). They cut the UTA bus routes (causing problems for hundreds if not thousands of people to get to work as easily as in the past). Then they keep hiking the fares. we are the ones who paid for it.
When TRAX was first being built, I worked for the Olympic Winter Games of 2002 prior to and after we won the Olympics for Salt Lake City. The TRAX talk was a big concern. The biggest worry was that we wouldn't get enough riders to make it worth the financial outlay. But guess what? It was used by so many citizens that they had to add more 'cars' to the TRAX trains! So what happened next? A fare hike.
What happened next? More TRAX rails and trains being built and more fare hikes, along with a cut in the bus routes. I'm fairly certain the guys at the top got even more money. The more successful we people of Utah made a public transportation system, the more money the big guys skimmed off the top and cut back public transportation. And this is ok??
If the ridiculously greedy men took smaller salaries, we could more easily afford the wonderful system we put into place. Hey, at least it's a start!!
In our capitalist nation, it has become ok for corporate heads to literally fleece the public. I'd like to see this stopped here in Salt Lake City where it concerns our much-needed public transportation that has now been priced out of reach for so many of us to use on a full-time basis. Or maybe some of these CEOs have stock in pharmaceuticals and mortuaries where they will gain even more from our sicknesses and deaths? (I became aware of our high political officials buying into hospitals and mortuaries a few decades ago. How intriguing.)
IF YOU AGREE WITH ME, PASS THIS ON TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW AND TO OUR LEGISLATORS WHO NEED TO GET THIS RIGHT THIS TIME AROUND.
Sincerely, Lynn F. Williams of Murray, UT
209 E. Lindon Way, 84107 Phone 801-262-5444