SALT LAKE CITY — A plan to extend S-Line streetcar and funding for a new “mid-valley” Salt Lake County rapid transit bus system were just some of the projects approved under a bill that included over $1 billion in state spending to accelerate transportation and other infrastructure projects across the state.
HB433 cleared the Utah Legislature on it’s second-to-last day. It authorized $264 million in bonds for “specified transportation and transit projects.” It also appropriated about $834.6 million in one-time spending from state revenue sources.
Sen. Kirk Cullimore, who served as the floor sponsor of the bill, explained before the legislation passed that it was meant to speed up “a lot of projects on the transportation commission list” and address other priority projects in Utah.
Gov. Spencer Cox still hasn’t signed the bill but many of the projects included in it were supported by his budget proposal heading into the legislative session. Money allocated in the bill wouldn’t be distributed until at least July 1, which is the start of the 2022 fiscal year.
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