transportation http://kuer.org en More Transportation Funding Needed to Address Population Growth Along Wasatch Front http://kuer.org/post/more-transportation-funding-needed-address-population-growth-along-wasatch-front <p></p><p>A report from non-partisan research group Utah Foundation says road repairs and increased public transit options top the list of ways to prepare for population growth along the Wasatch Front. But the question is who will pay for it?</p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 23:15:38 +0000 Whittney Evans 48129 at http://kuer.org More Transportation Funding Needed to Address Population Growth Along Wasatch Front City Warns Lyft Drivers: You're Violating City Code http://kuer.org/post/city-warns-lyft-drivers-youre-violating-city-code <p></p><p></p><p>Salt Lake City is issuing warning citations to anyone offering a car-ride service without a business license—and yes that means the drivers of the pink mustachioed cars that recently hit Salt Lake City streets.</p><p>San Francisco-based Lyft is a booking service that connects ride-seekers to local drivers through a smart-phone app. The drivers use their own vehicles, which can be identified by a large pink mustache on the grill. The company launched its program in Salt Lake City about a week ago.</p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 23:43:37 +0000 Whittney Evans 45556 at http://kuer.org City Warns Lyft Drivers: You're Violating City Code SLC Leaders Leary of New Taxicab Alternatives http://kuer.org/post/slc-leaders-leary-new-taxicab-alternatives <p class="p1">A taxicab alternative e-travelers hail with a smartphone app will be available in Salt Lake City starting at seven o’clock tonight. Two companies called <a href="https://www.uber.com/" target="_blank">Uber</a> and <a href="http://www.lyft.me/" target="_blank">Lyft</a> have announced plans to expand here, but city officials say the companies must first comply with safety and fair business rules.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 22:02:10 +0000 Whittney Evans 45070 at http://kuer.org SLC Leaders Leary of New Taxicab Alternatives Construction to Close 1300 South Bridge http://kuer.org/post/construction-close-1300-south-bridge <p></p><p>Starting this summer accessing 1300 south in Salt Lake City might be a challenge.&nbsp;Construction is slated to close down the bridge over the railroad tracks between 500 and 700 west for the next year.</p><p>The $10 million facelift includes a full deck replacement, widening of the overpass, seismic upgrades and improved pedestrian and cyclist access. Salt Lake City will select a contractor for the project this spring and begin construction as early as June. It’s being paid for through the federal highway trust fund with a 6% match from Salt Lake City.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 23:17:00 +0000 Whittney Evans 43526 at http://kuer.org Construction to Close 1300 South Bridge Utah Lawmakers to Consider Gas Tax Hike http://kuer.org/post/utah-lawmakers-consider-gas-tax-hike <p></p><p>A Republican state representative is proposing a gas tax increase this year. The Utah legislature has not passed a fuel tax increase in more than 15 years, but Representative <a href="http://le.utah.gov/house2/detail.jsp?i=NIELSJ">Jim Nielson</a> of Bountiful argues the roads need funding, and those who use them should be the ones who pay. Republicans as a rule don’t like to do be associated with tax increases, but Nielson insists raising taxes on gasoline is a conservative idea.</p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 22:02:48 +0000 Andrea Smardon 40760 at http://kuer.org Utah Lawmakers to Consider Gas Tax Hike Enterprise Rent-A-Car Becomes New Partner for Salt Lake City Car Share Program http://kuer.org/post/enterprise-rent-car-becomes-new-partner-salt-lake-city-car-share-program <p>Salt Lake City, the Utah Transit Authority and Enterprise Rent-a-Car announced a new Wasatch Front car share partnership today. Enterprise vehicles are now available for rental downtown, at various TRAX stations and on the University of Utah and Utah Valley University campuses.</p> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 22:16:32 +0000 Karina Puikkonen 37738 at http://kuer.org Enterprise Rent-A-Car Becomes New Partner for Salt Lake City Car Share Program UDOT Campaign Sets Its Sights on Teen Crash Fatalities http://kuer.org/post/udot-campaign-sets-its-sights-teen-crash-fatalities <p>The Utah Department of Health and Department of Transportation announced &nbsp;an initiative to decrease the number of vehicle related fatalities among youth. Car accidents remain the leading cause of teen fatalities in the state. Last year 21 of the 217 Utahns who lost their lives in car accidents were teenagers.</p> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 22:42:42 +0000 Karina Puikkonen 37189 at http://kuer.org UDOT Campaign Sets Its Sights on Teen Crash Fatalities KUER News Pod: Wednesday May 8, 2013 http://kuer.org/post/kuer-news-pod-wednesday-may-8-2013 <p>The Salt Lake City Council makes a decision about the Sugar House streetcar route, Senator Orrin Hatch files 24 amendments to the comprehensive immigration bill, and a community group protests a plan to build a freeway in West Davis County.<br><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F91294825&amp;color=98091a&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p> Wed, 08 May 2013 18:18:12 +0000 Brian Grimmett 28965 at http://kuer.org KUER News Pod: Wednesday May 8, 2013 Governor Appoints New UDOT Director http://kuer.org/post/governor-appoints-new-udot-director <p>After a nationwide search Governor Gary Herbert has appointed Carlos Braceras as the new director of the Utah Department of Transportation.</p><p>Braceras has worked for UDOT for almost 27 years and until today’s appointment had spent the past 12 as UDOT’s deputy director working directly under former director, John Njord. Braceras says as the new head of UDOT one of his main focuses will be to create better relationships with local communities.</p> Mon, 06 May 2013 21:19:44 +0000 Brian Grimmett 28863 at http://kuer.org Governor Appoints New UDOT Director KUER News Pod: Tuesday April 30, 2013 http://kuer.org/post/kuer-news-pod-tuesday-april-30-2013 <p>Police officer’s shoot a man inside the West Valley City Public Safety building, Salt Lake City encourages bicycle commuting, and the search continues for a missing fisherman at the Flaming Gorge Reservoir.<br><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F90177224&amp;color=98091a&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p> Tue, 30 Apr 2013 17:47:39 +0000 Brian Grimmett 28574 at http://kuer.org KUER News Pod: Tuesday April 30, 2013 Hundreds Turn Out for Public Hearing on Streetcar http://kuer.org/post/hundreds-turn-out-public-hearing-streetcar <p></p><p></p><p>Most Salt Lake City residents and local businesses in Sugar House do not like the streetcar alignment favored by Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker and a number of Salt Lake City council members. &nbsp;At least that’s the takeaway from last night’s public hearing at city hall, where several hundred people shuffled in hoping to have a say in the project.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The question before the council is this: Should the second phase of the Sugar House Streetcar travel east up 2100 south or north along 1100 east.</span></p> Wed, 24 Apr 2013 06:25:18 +0000 Whittney Evans 28261 at http://kuer.org Hundreds Turn Out for Public Hearing on Streetcar KUER News Pod: Thursday April 11, 2013 http://kuer.org/post/kuer-news-pod-thursday-april-11-2013 <p>UTA debuts its new TRAX line to the airport, Chevron begins cleanup in Willard Bay, and a U of U researcher is getting an up close and never before seen view snowflakes.<br><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F87440565&amp;color=98091a&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 19:14:17 +0000 Brian Grimmett 27667 at http://kuer.org KUER News Pod: Thursday April 11, 2013 Salt Lake City Launches Bike Share Program http://kuer.org/post/salt-lake-city-launches-bike-share-program <p></p><p></p><p>Salt Lake City officially launched its much-anticipated&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><a href="http://greenbikeslc.org/About/WhatisGREENbike.aspx" style="line-height: 1.5;">bike share program</a>&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">today. It’s called </span>GREENbike<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and it offers unlimited short-term trips between stations scattered across the city.&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 08 Apr 2013 21:51:30 +0000 Whittney Evans 27498 at http://kuer.org Salt Lake City Launches Bike Share Program KUER News Pod: Friday March 29, 2013 http://kuer.org/post/kuer-news-pod-friday-march-29-2013 <p>Governor Herbert says he’s close to a decision about the Snake Valley water agreement, the Utah Foundation addresses the conflict between education and transportation, and the Department of Corrections gets a new executive director.<br><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F85522357&amp;color=98091a&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p> Fri, 29 Mar 2013 20:42:27 +0000 Brian Grimmett 27096 at http://kuer.org KUER News Pod: Friday March 29, 2013 Tax Increases to Fund Education and Transportation Discussed at Utah Foundation Meeting http://kuer.org/post/tax-increases-fund-education-and-transportation-discussed-utah-foundation-meeting <p><a href="http://www.utahfoundation.org/">The Utah Foundation</a>’s annual meeting Thursday deals with two traditionally conflicting issues facing Utahns, education and transportation. The foundation organizes the Utah Priorities Project along with the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah. Stephen Kroes , the president of the Utah Foundation says conflicts between education and transportation going forward need to end.</p> Fri, 29 Mar 2013 00:51:06 +0000 Bob Nelson 27057 at http://kuer.org Tax Increases to Fund Education and Transportation Discussed at Utah Foundation Meeting Higher Gas Prices Power Recent Inflation in Utah http://kuer.org/post/higher-gas-prices-power-recent-inflation-utah <p>The higher price of a gallon of gasoline was the driving force behind a marked increase in the Wasatch Front Consumer Price Index or CPI last month. The <a href="http://cicerogroup.com/">Cicero Group</a> released the latest figures for Zions Bank today Tuesday. Cicero’s CEO Randy Shumway says gas prices affect everything.</p><p>“Since the average Utahn spends about 18 cents of every dollar on transportation, says Shumway, that has a big impact on inflation in the state.”</p> Tue, 26 Mar 2013 20:21:20 +0000 Bob Nelson 26918 at http://kuer.org Higher Gas Prices Power Recent Inflation in Utah Yellow Cab Seeks Fare Hike Amid Lawsuit http://kuer.org/post/yellow-cab-seeks-fare-hike-amid-lawsuit <p></p><p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">After losing out on a contract with Salt Lake City to provide taxi cab service to and from the Salt Lake City International Airport, Yellow Cab taxi service is calling for the city to increase the company’s cab rates. But the Department of Airports, which is responsible for recommending rate changes to the Salt Lake City Council, says the request will not be granted.</span></p> Sat, 02 Feb 2013 00:12:48 +0000 Whittney Evans 24442 at http://kuer.org UTA Says No Free Days Without Service Cuts http://kuer.org/post/uta-says-no-free-days-without-service-cuts <p></p><p></p><p>This week a group of Utah physicians demanded a moratorium on mass transit fares for the remainder of the winter season, joining thousands of Utah residents who continually point to Utah Transit Authority as the key to the regions poor air quality. But UTA says the only way to realize increased ridership is to expand service, which can’t be done in the face of lost revenue.&nbsp;</p> Sat, 26 Jan 2013 00:16:56 +0000 Whittney Evans 24112 at http://kuer.org UTA Says No Free Days Without Service Cuts UTA Making Route Changes in Preparation for New Airport TRAX line http://kuer.org/post/uta-making-route-changes-preparation-new-airport-trax-line <p>The <a href="http://www.rideuta.com">Utah Transit Authority</a> is holding <a href="http://www.rideuta.com/content/happenings.aspx">public meetings this week on several proposed route changes</a> and reductions.&nbsp;</p><p>In connection with the start of service on the new Airport TRAX line in April UTA is proposing several route changes including eliminating routes in Salt Lake, Tooele, and Davis County. UTA spokesman Gerry Carpenter says he thinks for the most part these changes will be well received.</p> Wed, 16 Jan 2013 22:43:20 +0000 Brian Grimmett 23686 at http://kuer.org UTA Making Route Changes in Preparation for New Airport TRAX line UTA Moves Ahead With Service Changes after New FrontRunner Line Opens http://kuer.org/post/uta-moves-ahead-service-changes-after-new-frontrunner-line-opens <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The Utah Transit Authority’s Provo to Salt Lake FrontRunner line is open for business as of today. Now UTA officials will turn their attention toward finishing the TRAX line out to the airport. That means some immediate changes in existing TRAX service will affect riders.&nbsp;</p><p>UTA Spokesman Gerry Carpenter says trains moving north to Salt Lake and South to Provo were fully loaded with passengers opening day. He says there were minor hiccups and delays typical of a new service.</p> Tue, 11 Dec 2012 00:34:23 +0000 Whittney Evans 22152 at http://kuer.org UTA Moves Ahead With Service Changes after New FrontRunner Line Opens Media Tour FrontRunner South Line http://kuer.org/post/media-tour-frontrunner-south-line <p></p><p>The long-anticipated Utah Transit Authority Provo to Salt Lake FrontRunner will open to the public next weekend, but members of the media were invited to climb aboard this morning for a test ride.&nbsp;</p><p>The smooth ride is accompanied by a surprisingly remarkable view of the low lands adjacent to the Jordan River. The trip takes about an hour each way.</p> Fri, 30 Nov 2012 23:29:56 +0000 Whittney Evans 21768 at http://kuer.org Wasatch Canyons Transportation Study Complete http://kuer.org/post/wasatch-canyons-transportation-study-complete <p></p> Wed, 21 Nov 2012 22:52:42 +0000 Whittney Evans 21406 at http://kuer.org UTA to Begin Testing Airport TRAX Line http://kuer.org/post/uta-begin-testing-airport-trax-line <p>Major construction on the Utah Transit Authority TRAX Line to the Salt Lake International Airport is wrapping up this week with testing scheduled to begin as early as next week. UTA officials announced today the light rail system will be officially open on April 14, 2013. Utah Transit Authority spokesman, Gerry Carpenter, says with commuter rail to Provo opening in December, all metro areas will soon be connected.</p> Thu, 25 Oct 2012 21:24:48 +0000 Bob Nelson 20172 at http://kuer.org