He’ll most likely join Beth Holbrook — the Bountiful City Council member nominated by Gov. Gary Herbert late last month to serve as UTA trustee for Weber and Davis counties — in helping represent northern Utah in transit issues.
Members of the Weber Area Council of Governments picked Call on Monday to serve on the volunteer UTA Local Advisory Board as Weber County’s representative. He beat out West Haven Mayor Sharon Bolos, who also contended for the post, and will join seven others picked by officials in Salt Lake, Davis, Utah, Tooele and Box Elder counties to represent those areas.
“One of the things I want to do is help insure the good implementation of the reorganization of the UTA,” Call said after his selection. State lawmakers earlier this year approved legislation overhauling the UTA, focus of scrutiny from critics suspicious of the body’s management, and formation of the Local Advisory Board and the revamped three-member Board of Trustees are part of the changes.
Call said a big issue for him will be extending FrontRunner service north of Ogden to the Business Depot Ogden, Pleasant View and into Box Elder County. “That’s key,” he said.
FrontRunner service to Pleasant View ended last month because of the high cost that would be required to update the section of rail line north of Ogden — actually owned by Union Pacific Railroad — per new federal safety regulations. Call and others seek acquisition of land by the UTA to build its own track north of Ogden.
Bolos had sought the advisory board posting in part to advocate for increased UTA transit offerings in the growing area of western Weber County, which she said gets minimal coverage by UTA bus service.
Holbrook, representing Weber, Davis and Box Elder counties, was picked to serve along with Carlton Christensen, selected to represent Salt Lake County, as trustee, full-time posts. The third trustee, to represent Utah County, has yet to be tabbed and all three will have to be ratified by the Utah Senate, according to UTA spokesman Carl Arky.