STUDY ON THE CURRENT STATUS OF UTAH’S TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM AND FUTURE
REP. JOHNNY ANDERSON
CHAIR HOUSE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE
DIRECTIONS FROM LEADERSHIP
• Study issues related to transportation:
CHALLENGES = 2 YEAR PROCESS
• Task Force was not funded so time was limited to interim committee.
• House side had a brand new chair and ½ of its members were either new to
the legislature or new to the committee.
• Significant funding shortfall split between state, locals, and transit.
• Political challenges of tackling the whole problem at once.
• Utah has top notch, even world class people in transportation.
• Unified Transportation Plan.
• NOBODY ELSE HAS THIS!!!
• House Chair and committee members are quick learners .
PLANNING AND OPERATIONS
• We looked at the role of:
Metropolitan Planning Agencies
• State system has two kinds of roads:
• Roads we maintain proactively.
• Roads we do not.
• Local roads vary substantially in quality and use.
• Maintenance costs are a huge concern. Resources are needed.
• 11.3 Billion
• $452 M per year over 25 years.
• Split somewhat evenly between state, locals, transit.
• Cannot all be done at once.
• Impact to economy.
• Transit taxes require voter approval.
• Local needs gaining recognition as most pressing may see movement this
• We will continue studying options in 2014.