UTA officials defended Inglish's pension, noting his service to the authority and his role in expanding the agency from a bus line to light- and commuter-rail service.
But UTA was reluctant to hand out the information. It denied KSL's request under the Government Records Access and Management Act. KSL was poised to argue its case for the records before the State Records Committee, but UTA coughed up the information after a mediation session with Records Ombudsman Rosemary Cundiff.
The pension was based on the average of Inglish's five highest years of pay times their years of service and multiplied by 2 percent. While that would have given him a $205,000 annual pension, the UTA capped it at $200,000.
The Salt Lake Tribune's records request earlier this year revealed that Inglish's last year on the job was spent mostly on the road, averaging 1.6 out-of-state trips per month on UTA business. In addition to visiting 17 U.S. cities, the records showed Inglish went to Belgium, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Mexico, Switzerland, Sweden and the United Arab Emirates, along with two trips to Spain.
The revelations come as the UTA mulled eliminating the free-fare zone in downtown Salt Lake City, citing a $100,000 annual loss and a supposedly rising crime rate on the line. It also cut bus service the day after Thanksgiving one of the busiest shopping days in the years as a cost-saving measure, angering holiday shoppers who weren't slow to point out Inglish's pension payment.