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Ute cabby

Published May 10, 2013 1:01 am

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2013, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

What happened to supporting local businesses? According to a court ruling, Salt Lake may hire two out-of-state taxi firms ("Judge: Salt Lake City can install new cab service at airport, elsewhere," Tribune, April 30).

I am disappointed in Salt Lake City and this decision. This may not seem like a big thing, but it marks the end of a legacy.

My father started Ute Cab Company in 1949. He drove until just a few months before his death and my family has been running the company since. We have never stopped serving Salt Lake City.

Now, with this ruling, both Ute and Yellow Cab will be forbidden from fares to and from the airport or from responding to someone hailing a cab. The only runs allowed will be pre-arranged calls. This will, most likely, end my father's legacy and cost several people their jobs.

While the end is not immediate (there are still some appeals), I believe we will soon stop seeing the familiar red taxis with the Ute Indian logo around town, and I will also lose the constant reminder of my father — the cabby.

Tracy Anderson Neale

Salt Lake City