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2008-09-23 09:00:36

By Joseph M. Dougherty Deseret News BOUNTIFUL -- As the Utah Transit Authority continues to prepare its Environmental Study Report for a South Davis light-rail line, it invites the public to comment on proposals that include the alignment of the line, station stops, park-and-ride lots and various other aspects of the project. A recently completed analysis identified either a TRAX line or streetcar could function well in southern Davis County from Centerville to Salt Lake City. Monday,...

2008-08-13 18:00:23

By Ethan Thomas Deseret News LEHI -- A group of citizens and public officials turned out Tuesday afternoon at a groundbreaking ceremony for the FrontRunner South commuter rail line. The ceremony was held at 3100 N. Garden Drive, near Thanksgiving Point, which will be the site of the future Lehi Station and park- and-ride facility. In 2006 Utah County residents voted to increase their sales tax by a quarter-cent in order to accelerate the work, which was originally in the Wasatch Front...

2008-08-06 09:00:30

By Leigh Dethman Deseret News Funding for a TRAX line to the airport is finally secured. The Salt Lake County Council on Tuesday approved an agreement to divert a portion of car-registration fees to come up with $35 million to pay for the mass-transit line. Overall, the council was on board with the agreement, which passed with an 8-1 vote. But most of the council members didn't like the fact they were left out of the last-minute maneuverings of the Legislature. "You guys negotiated...

2008-07-12 12:00:18

By Rebecca Palmer Deseret News A decision by Utah's high court will let stand a Draper City Council resolution regarding a proposed light rail line through the city's rural east side. But residents in the rapidly growing suburb could still persuade the Utah Transit Authority to build elsewhere. The council vote in question was part of a federal environmental impact process designed to find the best route for a TRAX line between Sandy and Utah county. UTA is still taking public comment...

2008-07-11 21:00:13

By Jennifer W. Sanchez, The Salt Lake Tribune Jul. 11--After 18 months of legal wrangling about where to put a TRAX line in Draper, a Utah Supreme Court ruling today cleared the way for light-rail trains to run through the city's east-side residential neighborhoods. Opponents of that route sought a referendum on the alignment, but the justices ruled the decision was administrative, not legislative, and thus not subject to the ballot box. "The determinative test of whether an action is...

2008-07-11 09:00:31

By Lee Davidson Deseret News Senate appropriators voted Thursday to put nearly $100 million on track to expand the FrontRunner and Trax train systems for Utah commuters. They also approved more than another $100 million for Utah energy and water projects. About moving the rail projects along, Sen. Bob Bennett, R-Utah, said, "As we face the price of gas at the pump and work toward conserving energy, it is important to provide residents with efficient and cost-saving alternative ways to get...

2008-07-06 12:00:14

By Michael T. Packard Who would have guessed that Utah would be the worst at prioritizing train projects ahead of long-overdue freeways in the 50th anniversary year of the super-successful interstate freeway system and in the state that has the highest reliance on freeway travel in America? The Wasatch Front Regional Council and county politicians gamed, then ignored, their flawed prioritization process. All ignore the effect of UTA's scandalous TRAX ridership claims on the multibillion-...


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