The joint Wasatch Front Regional Council, Utah League of Cities and Towns, Utah Association of Counties and Mountainland Association of Governments group all met last week to continue discussions on transportation priorities for the 2018 legislative session.
Discussion topics centered around maintaining the state’s level of commitment to infrastructure investment. Transportation Investment Funds (TIF) are programmed out until 2024 so finding ways to increase flexibility of those funds is a priority. Incorporating land use and economic development into the TIF prioritization criteria using incentives is also part of the discussion.
More conversation was had about UTA governance reform and most of the group agreed on the current proposal of a three-member transit commission that would be nominated by the counties, appointed by the Governor, and confirmed by the Senate. There would also be a nine-member transit advisory board.
Other topics included; state corridor preservation funding, road user charge programs, and fees for alternative fuel vehicles.