Whole Foods Market and Walmart: The Sustainability Movement

Source: Whole Foods Market and Walmart: The Sustainability Movement


Jerry Benson CEO of UTA WAKE UP

   With the way the Driver Treated this Morning Drilling me about UTA it was not his False he was ask to do it. Jerry Benson CEO of UTA you just out too Blame me for Speaking the Truth about UTA. I am a Disabled Person with a Traumatic Brain Injury. UTA has the Best Rail System the Country with a very Poor Bus System. The Destruction of the Bus System started back in August 2007. Many Individual’s Lost Jobs and their Independence. This not just about 203 that was cancel in 2011 it is about the Bus Routes Cancel since 2007 I will not Stop Speaking Up ontil all Bus Routes are Restored. Taxpayers Pay 75% of the Fares for Paratransit it is to Expensive for the Disabled and Elderly at $4.00 Each Way, Taxpayers Pay $4.60 Each Way. UTA could Reduce the need for Paratransit if they had a Good Bus System.  I am one of Hundreds of Individual’s that Taxpayers are Paying for but if UTA had Good Bus System I would need Partransit once or Twice a Month. I am working really hard on becoming Self-Reliance by Going into my own Business but I can’t afford Paratransit meet my needs on my own it would Cost alot more than a then FrontRunner Pass.


It no Wonder Mayor Cherie Wood Veto (Andi) Nepotism Ordinance.

Mayor Cherie Wood as Three Family Members working in South Salt Lake City.

UPDATE MONDAY; Today, Mayor Wood has vetoed the ordinance we passed Wednesday night prohibiting hiring of family members of elected officials. Since becoming mayor, multiple members of her family have been hired by the city. In part her reasons were that we, as a council, did not explain why family relationships are different from community relationships; and that ordinance assumes that one kind of relationship, the familial relationship, is unacceptable in the workplace.

Below is the original post:

This is a link to the Council Meeting of Wednesday 10-12-16. There were a few issues before us and I want to explain a couple.

The municipal ethics commission ordinance:

If the mayor or councilmembers are accused of a violation of state law by using their position for personal gain, the state has a system to deal with hearing those complaints. A few years ago, the legislature gave cities the ability to create their own ethics commission to hear the matter locally. About the same time, South Salt Lake created it’s own commission. The commission consists of a single individual. The problem is that, as Ben Pender points out in the video, the Mayor gets to appoint, and the council confirm, the very person who would do the investigation of the mayor and council. We felt there was not enough distance between the elected officials and the person who would do the investigating. So this ordinance was repealed 7-0. This discussion is at minute 127:00 on a computer or may be at 87:00 on mobile devices.

(Anti) Nepotism Ordinance:

Because of Mayor Wood having family members hired by the city since her taking office, the council had an ordinance drafted to forbid future employment of family members of elected officials, appointed employees and those serving on commissions. It does not forbid employment of two members of the same family within the city if the employees are not related to the elected, appointed or commission employees. It also does not effect the current employees who are related. However, any current nepotistic relationships of any employees is to be disclosed in writing within 30 days of passage of the ordinance or of future hiring. At 147:30 on computer and may be at 107:30 on mobile devices.


10-12-16 Regular Council Meeting



Utah Public Notice

Board of Trustees

UTA Working Committee Meeting of the Whole

Notice Date & Time: 10/12/16 12:00 PM


					Working Committee Meeting of the Board of Trustees
Wednesday, October 12th 12:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Frontlines Headquarters, 669 West 200 South, Golden Spike Rooms, Salt Lake City

Robert McKinley, Chair	Sherrie Hall Everett, Co-Vice Chair
	Jeff Hawker, Co-Vice Chair
Mayor Jeff Acerson	Babs De Lay (excused)
Justin Allen	Charles Henderson
Keith Bartholomew (excused)	Dannie McConkie
Greg Bell	Commissioner Bret Millburn
Commissioner Matt Bell (excused)	Michael Romero
Necia Christensen	Mayor Troy Walker


1.	Welcome	Robert McKinley, Chair
2.	Safety First Minute	Dave Goeres, Chief Safety & Security Officer
3.	Swearing In of Newly Appointed Board Officers	Rebecca Cruz, Board of Trustees Support Manager
4.	Presentations
	a.	Mountain Accord	Jerry Benson, Pres/CEO
	b.	2017 Budget Discussion 	Jerry Benson 
5.	Closed Session
	a.	Discussion of the Purchase, Exchange, Lease or sale of Real Property when Public Discussion would Prevent the Authority from Completing the Transaction on the Best Possible Terms.
	b.	Strategy Session to Discuss the Character, Professional Competence, Physical or Mental Health of an Individual.
	c.	Strategy Session to Discuss Collective Bargaining.
	d.	Strategy Session to Discuss Pending or Reasonably Imminent Litigation.
6.	Action Taken Regarding Matters Discussed in Closed Session	Robert McKinley
7.	Special Presentation
	Board Accountability in an Age of Transparency	
	Susan S. Radwan, Med, SMP, ARM, CAE	
8.	Adjourn	Robert McKinley

Notice of Special Accommodations:

To assure full participation at the meeting, accommodations for effective communication, such as sign language interpreters or printed materials in alternative formats, must be requested at least five (5) working days prior to the date of the scheduled event. Direct requests for accommodations to UTA ADA Compliance Officer at 801-287-3536 or dial 711 to make a relay call. To request a language interpreter, please call Rebecca Cruz at 801-287-2580.

Notice of Electronic or telephone participation:

Telephonic participation is not available.

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Why Paratransit Doesn’t Have to be So Evpensive

Why Paratransit Doesn’t Have to Be So Expensive

Efficiently transporting people with limited mobility is a challenge. Some promising new approaches are being tried.
by | September 22, 2016
In an era of scarcity for transit systems, there is growing pressure on paratransit, the expensive programs for transporting those with limited mobility, to operate more efficiently. A new study from New York City’s Citizens Budget Commission (CBC) and reforms underway in other cities suggest that the goals of operating more efficiently and better serving those who need additional assistance getting around need not be at odds.

New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) spends more than $70 per paratransit trip and has high per-capita paratransit usage. As a result, the MTA subsidized its Access-A-Ride service last year to the tune of $256 million.

One thing the CBC recommends to reduce costs is for Access-A-Ride to stop automatically providing door-to-door service. Many customers are not wheelchair-bound and, where appropriate, the vehicle could transport them to a convenient subway or bus stop, where they would receive free rides. The CBC estimates that the change would save as much as $22 million annually.

But far more savings could be realized from better matching vehicles to the needs of riders for each trip. Instead of automatically transporting customers in vehicles that can accommodate those with the greatest challenges, taxicabs and other for-hire vehicles could be used for many trips. Providing the least expensive appropriate vehicle would save a projected $126 million annually, according to CBC. Partnerships between transit systems and ride-hailing companies to do that are underway in the Washington, D.C., and Boston areas.

That’s a particularly welcome development for Boston, whose famously cash-strapped Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) has been finding it increasingly difficult to keep up with the cost of its paratransit system, known as The Ride. Paratransit cost the system more than $100 million last year, and the per-trip subsidy was over $45. In comparison, the MBTA provides a 61-cent subsidy for the average subway trip.

As of earlier this month, many MBTA riders can get subsidized transportation from Uber or Lyft instead of waiting for The Ride. The rider pays the first $2, the MBTA picks up the next $13, and the rider is responsible for any additional cost. As acting MBTA General Manager Brian Shortsleeve told the Boston Globe, “Customers are going to get reduced fares and shorter wait times. And the MBTA is going to get much lower operating cost on these trips.”

There are some wrinkles to iron out. Wheelchair-accessible ridesharing vehicles can be hard to find, and ramping up accessibility will require enhanced training for drivers. But Uber has been partnering with taxi companies to provide more accessible vehicles, and the company’s Boston general manager has publicly proclaimed the goal of making transportation reliable and convenient for everybody.

That, of course, is also the mission of public transit, one that addressing fiscal problems by compromising service for customers with the greatest challenges would violate. But the research from New York City’s Citizens Budget Commission and the kinds of reforms just enacted in Boston show that there are a number of ways for paratransit systems to provide those riders with service that is both better and less expensive.

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Sunday August 14,2016 is Change Day at Utah Transit Authority its no big deal UTA is not out to provide Public Transit, UTA is a EVIL EMPIRE, At Taxpayer Expense, “Just Follow the $$MONEY$$”. Jerry Benson acting CEO, other UTA Executives and UTA Board of Trustees. UTA Destroyed the Bus System. On Monday August 1,2016 I got on Paratransit to go to the Dentist I get told I am not Pre-Paid for Medical Appointment was lucky I had a punch card in the house or it would been a no show. Then on Tuesday evening I was talking to a person that works state and just happens to approves payments to UTA, for me so I can take Paratransit. She told that I am State Funded so I go to Doctor, Shopping etc I am Pre-Paid, UTA Charge me $4.00 each Trip a Total of $32.00 then UTA now can Charge the State of Utah $4.60 Each Way for a Total of $36.80, for Grand Total $68.00. The State of Utah even be Paying for my Paratransit if UTA would taken my Bus Route away, I would be on the Regular Bus Majority of the time, and taking Paratransit on a limit Bases. UTA is a EVIL EMPIRE at TAXPAYERS EXPENSE, “Just FOLLOW the $$MONEY$$”.


UTA is not out to Service

Also note that Burton got emotional when he said/implied that his time at UTA may be short after he met with the Governor after the Committee hearing.

I agree with Bishop Burton that Jerry Benson is a great manager.  The Board of Trustees are good and decent people but I disagree with their priorities.

The Board is doing what the municipalities are asking them to do, projects.

The Leg. Audit recommended that no new projects be started until full funding is found.  It also recommended priority be given to restoring a robust bus service.

The airport TRAX reconfiguration was planned before completion of Airport TRAX but it was expected to only cost $5-10 million.  The fancy flying bridge increased the cost to over $65 million.  For yeas the SLC Airport has said that Title 72-10-215 prevented them from using airport passenger fees for the project.  FAA has, since at least 2009 allowed use for mass transit airport projects except for the rail itself ($5-10 million). FAA has indicated that rails could be allowed with a rule change by the end of the year.  Using UTA taxpayer funds for the project takes potential funding from service expansion.  The Legislature should change Title 72-10-215 to allow airport passenger fees to be used for transit projects.

UTA has never successfully operated a BRT and the UDOT portions should be used for traffic improvements in Lehi.  The Provo BRT does not make sense.  The service provided with $190 million can be similarly provided by a $19 million enhanced bus.

TOD system UTA uses gives up to $10 million in lands to a firm in return for a 5% piece of the project.  But there is no way to ensure that the private firm uses the value efficiently.  There is no guarantee of any profit.  Other cities lease their transit properties which encourage developers to build beautiful and successful projects since they have to pay a lease.

I disagree about needing a new bus garage.

UTA debt service interest rate will increase from $11 million a year to $57 million a year in 2021.  Another problem is pensions will not be fully funded until 2033.

According to the WFRC Regional Transportation Plan (RTP), UTA will manage 40% of Utah transportation funding.  The $11 billion of unfunded projects in the Utah Transportation Plan (from RTP) are mostly UTA questionable projects. Instead of a $190 million BRT, a proof of concept that costs less than $10 million should be considered that provides the same service.

Service reliability is important but UTA has helped provide real time bus and train locations and time to station/stop to app developers and they provide a comfortable semblance of reliabilty.

I recommend the WFRC RTP data which is a testament to Andrew Gruber’s engineers.  The data is extensive and even goes into the carbon footprint of modes of travel. I disagree with the WFRC list of transit projects, including the high speed rail station at the airport.  I also do not think that UTA should get 40% of Utah transportation funds.  UTA should be spending a greater percentage than 6% on new service and a lot less than 40% on projects.