UTA and red days
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Ironically, or fittingly, on a couple of occasions in the past few weeks, the Utah Transit Authority has announced fare increases and service cuts on the same day that The Tribune advised us of a "red" air quality alert.

My wife and I spent the summer in Newport, R.I., and our most significant souvenir is a little clipping from the local newspaper that announced that since there was a bad air alert, all public bus service in the entire state of Rhode Island would be free until the alert was lifted.

Here, when our red state has a red air day, we have great difficulty acting in our own best interest.

With just a smattering of good sense, we could not only make public transportation free on bad air days, but we could do the good folks in Rhode Island one better and make it always free, thus taking a giant step toward eliminating red air alerts altogether.

David L. Alston

Salt Lake City