If a private business brought in a series of major capital projects significantly ahead of schedule and under budget as the Utah Transit Authority has resoundingly done with its recent thrust of rail projects along the Wasatch Front then generous bonuses all around would be appropriate.
But the UTA is not a private business. It does not exist for the benefit of its board, stockholders and managers. And its habit of paying top dollar for top management is not justified.
UTA is a public agency that was created to serve two overlapping constituencies. One is the taxpayers, federal and local, who pay the bulk of the system's capital and operating costs. The other is the riders, who pay fares that are among the highest in the nation, help reduce the number of dirty and dangerous automobiles on the road and, in many cases, absolutely depend on public transit for their mobility.