SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Construction work will soon begin on the first phase of commuter rail in Utah.
Yesterday, the Utah Transit Authority announced it received federal approval to begin all aspects of construction on the project.
UTA General Manager John Inglish said the federal approval is a milestone event because they can now begin real work.
The commuter rail will stretch 44 miles from Salt Lake City to Pleasant View in Weber County.
Within a month UTA officials plan to host an official ground-breaking for the 582 (M)million dollar first phase of commuter rail.
UTA officials also expect to receive final approval of the project by fall, which will mean a guarantee that the federal government will reimburse a percentage of construction costs. The remainder will be subsidized through local taxes.
Inglish says Davis and Weber county residents should be able to use the rail by early 2008.
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