Utah’s population is expected to increase by an estimated 1 million by 2030, and most of these new residents will be living along the already crowded Wasatch Front. This situation means more travel demand and increased traffic congestion.
In 2004, local officials along the Wasatch Front suggested accelerating UTA’s 2030 Long-Range Transportation Plan. This approach was presented to voters in Salt Lake and Utah counties and, in 2006, voters approved a quarter-cent sales tax increase to finance the design, construction and operation of 70 miles of light and commuter rail.
Because of the amount of work and the limited time frame, UTA needed additional management assistance for environmental, planning, design and construction work.