He said few people attended the committee meetings "and there was no opportunity for public comment." He said the changes will allow more public comment at full board meetings, aided by planned earlier release of agendas and background materials.
Millington then asked why UTA still has committee meetings. Benson said, "If the board members need to ask questions or get information or explore maybe a new technology or a new direction for the agency, they may want to have an opportunity to discuss those with each other or staff."
Benson suggested that the Utah Transportation Commission also has such closed-door meetings with subgroups, but commissioner Meghan Holbrook disputed that.