Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Drinking and Transit

Taxi's are far too costly unless you live relatively near where you happen to be drinking. Including tip, a taxi will run about $2 a mile. As a result, when coming home from the bar, there are a lot of people who are certainly over the legal limit. When available, people take transit. It would be a far better thing if there was a 'last train' or 'last bus' at 1 or 2 am. Many times when I would have liked to stay downtown, drinking that were made impossible by the need to catch the last TRAX home.

Salt Lake continues to try and build itself up as Utah's entertainment capital, for dining, restaurants and nightlife. But under budget pressure, UTA continues to cut service, so that the last TRAX train leaves earlier and earlier. The last train once left Gallivan station headed south at 11:24p. Now it is 11:14p, and plans call for cutting it to 11:00p. If Salt Lake wants to be a grown up city, something needs to be done about extending the transit curfew.

1 comment:

  1. Don't forget that the last train used to leave Gallivan Plaza at 1:09 am. That was before December 2009.