As the Utah Department of Transportation continues to eye
tolling as the main funding source for the Mountain View Corridor, skeptics
aren't so sure tolls are the best option - particularly when the word
privatization is tossed around.
UDOT held a panel discussion Thursday, Nov. 9, to showcase a
few ideas and to hear from the public on tolling and the Mountain View
The main topic was the state's $16.5 billion funding gap in
a proposed $23.5 billion roads projection.
Congestion in Salt Lake City is increasing and recent
published editorials of area newspapers agree that a solution is needed.
But when privatization is talked about, at least one Utah newspaper - the? Daily Herald - is skeptical of a privately operated Mountain
The area being studied for the proposed corridor is about
five miles wide, extending south of the Salt Lake City Airport to the Saratoga Springs area.
The state can either build and operate it, or lease
operations to a private company.
So far, tolling is the only option being considered for the
corridor, despite a resolution being considered by the Utah Transportation
Commission that could reject tolling for the project.
As officials continue to discuss funding, public input is
ongoing in the Salt Lake City region.
Log on to http://www.udot.utah.gov/mountainview/ to view the alternatives being considered and to enter a comment.