Salt Lake City - Governor Jon Huntsman today asked voters to join him in supporting Proposition 3 in Salt Lake County and the Opinion Question in Utah County to ensure a prosperous future with a strong economy and a great quality of life.
"Nothing shuts down an economy as fast as gridlock," the Governor said. "We face an economic imperative * invest in transportation or our economy will suffer."
Governor Huntsman joined local mayors, the entire Utah Congressional Delegation, university presidents and the business community in announcing his support of Salt Lake County's Proposition 3 and Utah County's Opinion Question. Passing this initiative would save millions of dollars in construction costs, alleviate gridlock, and continue to enhance Utah's enviable quality of life.
If approved, the measures will fund a wide variety of transit and road projects, including new TRAX lines, FrontRunner commuter rail, and highway corridor preservation.
Governor Huntsman noted that during the peak commute, TRAX is carrying about 20 percent of trips to downtown Salt Lake, the equivalent of adding another I-15 lane. About 40 percent of the University of Utah's students are arriving via TRAX, allowing the University to focus on building educational buildings instead of parking structures.
"We have 20 miles of TRAX now, and 44 miles of commuter rail under construction. If the ballot initiatives pass, we can build up to 26 more miles of TRAX and another 44 miles of commuter rail in half the time, by 2015 instead of 2030. 70 miles in 7 years? It's possible. We can double our rail system by 2015."