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Letter: UTA should enforce no-panhandling rule
First Published Jan 25 2014 01:01 am • Last Updated Jan 25 2014 01:01 am

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.

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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


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