Thursday, April 20, 2006

Paying More for TRAX

The business community asking for higher taxes? Did you think you'd ever see the day? Apparently that is exactly what is happening, as the Salt Lake Chamber starts a campaign to find more money to pay for transportation improvements, most notably for TRAX expansions.

The story today in the Trib notes that Salt Lake Chamber President and CEO Lane Beattie says the planned transportation system needs to be built sooner, and is putting forward suggestions such as increased gas taxes on fuel, impact fees, property and sales tax increases and special district levies to get the job done.

While the story focuses in Salt Lake County, I talked with Lane Beattie today and he said their effort will really be throughout the Wasatch Front, and even statewide, as the transportation system is really a regional one, and workers and businessmen live throughout the region and need to get around, as well as the goods and services.

The Chamber plans to pursue this initiative aggressively, seeing it as vital investment in our infrastructure for sound future economic growth.

SATURDAY UPDATE: Today's editorial in the Trib supports the concept of accelerating construction of the four proposed TRAX expansions. Somehow we have to get on the radar an extension of TRAX into south Davis County, as well! At this point, there has only been a study for a future transit corridor. That study needs to move forward and be expanded.

2 Comments:

At 11:36 AM, Blogger google_PEAK_OIL said...

Perhaps the Chamber has been looking at some of the same things I have that suggest that our public transit needs will be far greater and our traffic capacity needs will be far less than previously thought.
I expect communities with robust public transit systems will be far more competitive than those whose workers are trapped in almost exclusive reliance on the automobile as the rising price of fuel starts pushing people into financial difficulties.

"Peak Oil is almost certainly correct" - March 1st New York Times article

 
At 8:48 PM, Blogger Matthew Whiting said...

I've only used TRAX once as I hardly ever go to downtown SLC, (I'm in Provo), but an extension to the airport would be utilized a lot by those of us down south. I don't know how much money is coming from state or fed funding, but I sure wish we could divert more from I-15 and put it into TRAX.

 

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