Utah lawmakers pulled the plug on a UTA name change. How did we get here, according to KSL.com? Lawmakers confirmed Wednesday they're pulling the plug on changing the name of the Utah Transit Authority, just hours after Gov. Gary Herbert said he was willing to call a special session if necessary to stop it. "It's clear that the public doesn't feel that the name change is needed and appropriate," Rep. Mike Schultz, R-Hooper, the House sponsor of the sweeping transportation legislation that renamed UTA the Transit District of Utah. The bill's sponsor, Sen. Wayne Harper, R-Taylorsville, said he would run legislation repealing the new name during the 2019 Legislature and asked that UTA not to go forward with plans to bring in a rebranding consultant. "The name change is a distraction. It's getting in the way of the core mission of the bill," Harper said at a news conference called to announce the decision. "We're taking that off the table. UTA stays as it is."