Utah voters to consider tax for transit in November

News AASHTO Journal August 07, 2006
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Voters in Utah County will have an opportunity to vote on a quarter-cent sales tax increase in November to fund a 22-mile commuter rail line from Provo to Salt Lake County.

The ballot measure was approved last week by the Utah County commissioners, who estimate that the tax could generate some $765 million in revenue by 2030. Of the revenue raised, some 87% would be dedicated to the new commuter rail line, 8% would go toward state highway improvements in the county and the remainder would be used for other transit needs.

The Mountainland Association of Governments estimates that with the new tax revenue, the commuter rail project could be operational by 2013.

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