The Utah Transit Authority's plan to make its fares more fair by switching to a distance-based system makes sense. But another element of the proposal under consideration dropping all discounted passes likely would reduce ridership, cause parking headaches for discount sponsors and worsen the air pollution along the Wasatch Front.
The big winners in switching to a fare system based on how far they ride, of course, would be those who use TRAX or buses to commute to work and live near their workplace. The big losers under the no-pass proposal would be students and employees at the University of Utah, Utah Valley University, and Weber State University, whose passes are subsidized both by those institutions and by UTA.
Others who would feel a sharp pinch are employees of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the businesses it owns and people who work for Utah state and Salt Lake City governments, federal agencies and several big financial and retail businesses.