Mayors meet with UTA to discuss future transit plans

Posted at 12:28 PM, May 01, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-01 19:57:38-04

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah - Several Utah mayors met with the Utah Transit Authority Wednesday to discuss future public transit plans for their cities.

West Valley City Mayor Mike Winder met with other mayors to discuss growing transportation needs.

"We're thrilled with the new light rail line.  Not only the West Valley line but the airport extension of the West Valley line, the Green Line.  We have the bus rapid transit, we have the bus hubs so were kind of a showcase right now for how transit works," said Mayor Winder.

An alternative UTA is seriously considering is adding more express bus routes - an option that is already in place in West Valley City.  Mayors are on board with more bus routes, but they say UTA needs to put them in the right spots.  They also say building transit systems around town centers is important.  They want the lines to be around housing and businesses so that more people take public transit.  The mayors are also pushing for affordable fares.

For now, UTA is just taking feedback as they make future plans.