The Utah Transit Authority has raised its base fares to $2.50, a 6.4 percent increase from their current $2.35. Which raises this question for UTA and our elected officials: How does this increase encourage us to drive less to cut down on air pollution in our valley?
We were hammered hard last winter with 22 red-air days. The governor's office had a solution, put up on Gov. Gary Herbert's Facebook Page: "Individuals can have a significant impact on air quality 57 percent of emissions come from tailpipes. ALL Utahns need to DO SOMETHING: Drive less. Take the train. Conserve energy. Don't idle. Everyone has a responsibility to improve the air quality."
If our government representatives want us to drive less to improve air quality, why aren't they working with UTA to lower base fares instead of raising them? Is taking public transit even worth it? Let's consider a cost/benefit analysis. Before I start, though, a disclaimer. I'm not factoring in oil changes, tires and maintenance. I just don't think those future costs play much of a role in our daily decisions.