Growth is inevitable in the state of Utah and it was a topic addressed at the recent session of the Utah Legislature. In the middle of that discussion is transportation. Todd Beutler, executive director of the Cache Valley Transit District, paid attention to the discussion with lawmakers and spent some time on Capitol Hill as well. He was a guest this past week on KVNU’s For the People program.
“I think the discussion still continues, as you’re saying, what do we do with transportation? How do we solve this issue when you see that populations (are) continuing to come to Utah? I mean, this is a great state to live in, we all know that, (who) live here.
“And so, more and more people continue to want to come here, and then you look at urban sprawl and all of those things that we all deal with. The cities are trying to figure out how to deal with that, and transportation is at the heart of that,” said Beutler.
One question that keeps coming up is how does CVTD connect to transit along the Wasatch Front?
“I think it’s a fair question, and it’s definitely one that we’ve been involved in, and that we’ll continue to be involved in. But, again, it’s not just us. It’s Cache County, it’s the Cache Metropolitan Planning Organization. Down on the Wasatch Front you have the Wasatch Front Regional Council and then you have UTA and CVTD as far as the transit providers. That all intersects in Box Elder County, or at least that’s where we’re starting to have that intersection.”
Beutler said right now there’s a study going on trying to determine what is the real demand for transit between the valley and the Wasatch Front.
AUDIO: Todd Beutler talks to Jason Williams on For the People