That’s right, Utah. According to a recent University of Utah survey, 79% of Utahns said continued funding for rail projects either is very important or somewhat important.
Although skeptical at first, Utahns, after experiencing rail firsthand have become incredibly supportive.
“It’s no surprise to Wasatch Front Regional Council Director Chuck Chappell, who said nine-plus years of riding the rails have convinced once-skeptical Utahns that they need transportation choices.
‘There’s huge support for that on the part of the council and now, apparently, the public,” he said. “I think it’s [because of] experience with congestion on the highways and the need for alternatives in the peak periods’.”
Public Transportation isn’t a partisan issue. John McCain won Utah by his second largest margin in the most recent presidential election (Wyoming was first), but this heavily Republican state is incredibly supportive about expanding rail.