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A Balanced Approach

Posted - Apr. 30, 2003 at 1:58 p.m.



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A new round of court-ordered public hearings got underway recently for the proposed Legacy Parkway through Davis County. The effort to develop a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the project could take a year or more.

In KSL’s view, Legacy needs to be built! That’s the bottom line. Equally important, though, is the expansion of mass transit through the county, along with improvements to existing highways.

Such a balanced approach to moving people is needed in a county where the population is expected to expand by 200,000 in the next couple of decades.

Indeed, a balanced approach is needed all along the Wasatch Front. In Utah County, for example, gridlock is on the horizon as 2,000 more vehicles each year are added to the roads. Improved highways will help, but mass transit must also become part of the solution. It’s time for Utah County residents to jump onboard the idea of a quarter-cent sales tax hike for mass transit.

Not to be overlooked, of course, is the challenge of moving people from east to west and vice versa all along the busy north/south corridor.

The latest Legacy Parkway hearings offer a reminder of the work that lies ahead to keep Wasatch Front residents mobile. KSL believes a balanced approach is the best way to ease the congestion.

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