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Letter: UTA should enforce no-panhandling rule

Published January 25, 2014 1:01 am

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Most people know how bad the homeless problem is getting in Salt Lake City. From freeway exits to street corners to parks, they are everywhere. I know Salt Lake City has tried multiple acts to lower the homeless population, such as ending veteran homelessness and so on.

But recently, I rode TRAX from the University of Utah to the Salt Lake Central Station, which involves switching from the red line to the blue line. While I was waiting for the blue line train to come, less than 10 minutes, four homeless men asked me for spare change. One guy even asked me twice.

It was then brought to my attention by a passing woman that it is illegal to ask for money on UTA property. This was surprising to me, since these men seemed like they come to the station quite frequently. I am not sure if they have ever been told to stop, but I believe UTA should take more control of their stations.

Jack Boomer

Ogden

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