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Position Paper: Commuter Rail Service

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Position Paper:
Commuter Rail Service

InterRail supports the establishment of Commuter Rail service from Brigham City, UT to Payson, UT. This service would serve the fast growing Wasatch Front area of Utah.

This service would provide service to the fast growing areas of Provo, Draper/Riverton, Midvale, Salt Lake City, Bountiful, Layton, and Ogden. This rail service would also serve several major employers and Universities including Iomega, Intel, Micron, Gateway, Novus/Discover Card, Brigham Young University, Weber State University, and the University of Utah (via the new East-West light rail line).

Commuter rail services have been very successful in such automobile dominated cities such as Los Angeles and Miami. Commuter Rail has been very successful for many years in such cities as San Francisco, Chicago, New York, Boston, Washington DC, and service will soon start in the Puget Sound region.

Commuter rail service provides a very economical way to provide mass transportation to a commuter corridor. The equipment can be purchased rather rapidly.

InterRail supports the commuter rail line using the former Rio Grande line from Salt Lake City to Ogden. This will provide a passenger only line so that there will no freight train interference for this portion of the line. The right of way is still intact and has never had the rails removed. We also support upgrading the former Rio Grande line from Salt Lake to Provo for increased rail passenger service.

Commuter Rail with properly integrated light rail, bus, shuttle, and Amtrak service will attract riders, reduce congestion on I-15, and improve the quality of life in Salt Lake.

May 20, 1999 - InterRail

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