UTA Pollutes. Now, More than Ever with FrontRunner
Give a cheer for those earnest, high polluting, folks over at UTA.
They claim to reduce dangerous pollution.
But, FrontRunner actually makes ozone and fine particulate worse.
UTA lied through their teeth in their environmental impact statements for both FrontRunner extensions by refusing to reveal the huge jumps in NOx they cause.
That is a NEPA requirement. NEPA is National Environmental Policy Act.
After full system developed, FrontRunner trains will likely burn over 4 million gallons of diesel a year.
They will dump an added 400 to 500 tons of NOx into our air each year, (beyond reductions from car/truck emissions and bus “economies”).
The big jump in FrontRunner pollution will wipe out many times over whatever small reductions in NOx that might come from new light rail lines.
A similar analysis for UTA Bus-caused NOx was uncovered by the recent legislative audit of UTA. They said that the small reductions in NOx from TRAX and Vanpools was wiped out by a large excess of NOx from buses. (Audit page 85)
"UTA is a net polluter of NOx,” the report said. 185 tons of net NOx emissions increase.
Now, thanks to FrontRunner, UTA is an even bigger net polluter of NOx than before, hundreds of tons worse.
There were two Alternatives to diesel-guzzling FrontRunner:
DMU cars. These have small diesel engines in each car and can be linked up into trains. This alternative was rejected while UTA was blinded by its own counting mistakes about the “fantastic” TRAX success. They went for really big capacity.
NOx pollution and diesel consumption 75% less than with locomotive-pulled trains. Over 50% cost savings.
Electric locomotives with electric catenaries (wires) above the tracks, like TRAX.
This was how our fine electric interurban trains on the same route were powered nearly a century ago: Bamberger and
Costs a lot more in the short run, but saves in long run.
Saves burning over 200 million gallons of diesel fuel next 50 years.
Save diesel cost that will greatly exceed $1 billion!
Saves thousands of tons of NOx and pollution.
Saves tens of million$ for expensive diesel locomotive rebuilds and pollution control equipment
UTA got itself into this mess with its eyes wide shut!
Michael T. Packard