SALT LAKE CITY -- Records show the Utah Transit Agency spends more on lobbying in Washington, D.C., than any transit agency in the country.
For its effort, the Utah Transit Authority has raked in more than $1 billion in federal funding.
The Deseret News reports (http://bit.ly/Km2Y76) the authority has been so successful that state auditors don't believe it will have enough money to maintain all the new miles of track.
UTA makes no apology and says the lobbyists have produced $500 in federal construction and operating funds for every $1 of compensation.
UTA spokesman Gerry Carpenter says ordinary transit revenue should cover the operating cost of rail extensions to Draper, Salt Lake's airport and Provo.
Since 2006, UTA has spent more than $3.5 million on federal and state lobbying.