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Photo of a TRAX train.
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Tuesday morning, Mar. 3, 2020

Photo of a Frontrunner train.
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Tuesday evening, Feb. 18, 2020

A yellow caution sign warns of an autonomous shuttle, which is in the background.
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ST. GEORGE — Washington County residents got a glimpse of the future on Tuesday, when Utah transportation officials kicked off three days of free test rides on an autonomous shuttle now touring the state.

Photo of snow falling on road up Little Cottonwood Canyon.
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The Utah Transit Authority and the Central Wasatch Commission are continuing the effort to reduce winter congestion in Little and Big Cottonwood Canyons. On Monday, they announced public transportation improvements they say could help get drivers out of their cars and into buses.

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The criminal case against Terry Diehl, a developer and former Utah Transit Authority board member, was dismissed minutes before it was scheduled to begin Monday morning.

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Federal prosecutors announced Tuesday that they have reached a deal with the Utah Transit Authority in an ongoing investigation into potential ethical and criminal violations.

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Two months after taking the helm of the Utah Transit Authority, CEO Jerry Benson has restructured the organization’s leadership. He says it’s the first step in improving UTA’s image and regaining public trust.

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Officials with the Utah Transit Authority are hoping to increase bus service from the Salt Lake area to Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons by 35 percent. They’re hoping to add more ski buses during peak traffic times and throughout the day, and they also plan on adding a new route from Davis County to Snowbasin Resort.

UTA Board Closes Committee Meetings To Public

May 11, 2016

The Utah Transit Authority Board has decided to close their committee meetings to the public, while moving most of the responsibilities of those committees back to the full board. But this decision could put them in conflict with Utah’s open meetings laws.

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Utah Transit Authority officials are investigating the derailment Sunday of a Green Line TRAX train just after it left Central Pointe Station and began turning west.

GREENbike Adds Eight New Stations For 2016

May 5, 2016
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As the temperatures begin to rise and people move outside, GREENbike is announcing another expansion of service in Salt Lake City.

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The Utah Transit Authority’s governing board has passed new ethics rules and three of its members have resigned after an undisclosed trip to Switzerland two months ago. But the legislative leader who organized the controversial trip is unapologetic.

UTA Board Wants Input on 2016 Budget

Oct 28, 2015
Brian Grimmett

The Utah Transit Authority Board of Trustees has taken the first steps towards approving a 2016 budget. 

UTA President Michael Allegra Retires With Mixed Legacy

Aug 28, 2015
Brian Grimmett

After decades of working for the company, Utah Transit Authority President Michael Allegra retired on Friday.

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Mayors from across the Wasatch front gathered in Midvale to voice their support for Proposition 1, a quarter of a cent sales tax increase that is being placed on ballots in sixteen counties this November.

UTA's FrontRunner Won't Make 2016 Safety Deadline

Jun 9, 2015
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The Utah Transit Authority’s FrontRunner commuter rail line will not have a safety feature known as positive train control implemented by a federally mandated 2016 deadline. But why hasn’t it happened and what is UTA doing to comply?

UTA Tests Zero-Emissions Bus

Apr 7, 2015
Nicole Nixon

The Utah Transit Authority is testing a bus that runs completely on electricity. The 60-foot, 120 passenger bus would be the first zero-emissions vehicle to join UTA’s fleet—if it meets the transit authority’s standards.

Report Shows UTA Executive Pay is About Market Average

Mar 26, 2015

A lengthy report on the compensation of executives and non-union workers at the Utah Transit Authority shows that they are actually paid an amount on par with similar organizations.

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The Salt Lake County health department is handing out thousands of free public transit passes to Salt Lake County residents. They hope the effort will get more people on buses and trains and out of personal vehicles that contribute to air pollution.

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Atmospheric scientists at the University of Utah have installed an air quality monitor on a Utah Transit Authority TRAX train. It’s helping them get a detailed picture of air pollution around the Salt Lake valley.

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David Burton, the former presiding Bishop of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was formally elected chairman of the Utah Transit Authority board yesterday.  He told reporters that a recent legislative audit criticizing the agency is a no longer a concern.

The audit, released in August criticized UTA for sweetheart deals, excessive pay and bonuses for top executives and insufficient service that disproportionately impacts the poor. But Burton says the concerns highlighted in the audit, have already been addressed.

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A group of people interested in seeing the Utah Transit Authority expand the hours its buses and trains operates recently challenged the UTA Board of Trustees and leadership to use only public transit for seven days. For the few who accepted the challenge the experience had quite an impact.

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Republican state Senator Todd Weiler is asking the Attorney General’s office to take a closer look at a development deal involving the Utah Transit Authority, after an audit indicated a possible lack of proper oversight.

Herbert: UTA Doing Better

Aug 28, 2014

  Utah Governor Gary Herbert thinks the Utah Transit Authority is running better than it has in past years, even after another critical audit came out this week.

Governor Herbert was asked about the legislative audit at his monthly news conference on KUED.  It pointed out conflicts with developers controlled by UTA board members receiving money for transit-oriented building projects and again said that the agency’s top managers are getting salary and benefit packages higher than comparable jobs in Utah.

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The general manager of the Utah Transit Authority is defending the high salaries paid to executives as money well spent.  That comes after another critical audit of the agency from the legislative auditor general.

The audit released Tuesday says UTA’s top managers are comparing their compensation to the wrong standard – other public transit agencies from around the country.  It says the Utah Department of Transportation and the Salt Lake City Airport Authority might be better benchmarks.

An all-electric bus stopped in Salt Lake City Monday on a demonstration tour around the US. The Utah Transit Authority is looking at the bus for possible future use.

There are a few things you notice right away on board the latest model of Proterra’s 40-foot battery-powered electric bus. The driver controls are minimal, there’s a back window that let’s in more light… and it’s quiet. Matt Horton, the VP of Sales for Proterra Incorporated gives me his pitch in under 15 seconds.

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The board that oversees the Utah Transit Authority decided on Wednesday how much money will go into next year’s employee pay-for-performance program. While more UTA employees will get bonuses next year, individual payouts will likely be smaller. 

The agency will divide more than $1.9 million dollars between eligible employees in 2015, compared to last year’s $1.74 million dollars. UTA Spokesman Remi Barron says the 2013 was successful for UTA and its employees. 

The Utah Transit Authority is moving forward with installation of surveillance cameras on buses despite the transit union’s claim that the move is a violation of the collective bargaining agreement.

UTA officials say they are spending more than 2 million dollars to install surveillance cameras in a fleet of 600 buses in order to improve passenger safety and transit efficiency. Attorney Joseph Hatch represents the transit union. He says drivers should have a say in how these cameras are used.

Transit Ridership Jumps

Mar 10, 2014
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Americans are using public transit more than ever. And Utahns are part of that trend.

A new report says Americans took a record 10.7 billion trips last year on public transportation. The Utah Transit Agency has seen a similar trend. Its trains, buses and trolleys logged 44 million trips last year -- more than ever before.

  American Fork resident Greg Davidson rides the new FrontRunner line from where he lives in Utah County into Salt Lake City a few times a month. Today he’s headed to the airport on the new TRAX line.

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The Utah House passed a bill Friday to allow communities to raise local sales tax rates to pay for transit projects. Supporters say it would help clean up Utah’s air.

Utah’s clean air advocates like the Quarter for Clean Air bill. So do local communities that would like revenue to put more buses on the road and expand service hours. Justin Jones is communications director for the Salt Lake Area Chamber of Commerce. He says Utah’s business sees it as an important keep Utah growing wisely.

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