Citizens Encouraged to Attend and Support Uinta Rail Project at Thursday Meeting

The option of a railway to transport goods from the Uinta Basin would be an economic game changer and officials and citizens alike are being urged to attend a meeting on the morning of June 13th in Vernal to share their support for the potential project. The meeting is for the Community Impact Board to review project applications from around the state. The Seven County Infrastructure Coalition is on the agenda to request funding to complete the engineering and regulatory phase of the Uinta Basin Rail project already well underway. The CIB funded the first phase of $6.5 million dollars last year to begin the environmental process and on Thursday the Coalition is requesting $21.4 million to see that process through. "This is a viable project which will bring much needed stability to our local economy,” shares Uintah County Commissioner Bart Haslem. “We owe it to our children and the economic future of the Uintah Basin to fix this problem while we have the opportunity." The meeting, held at the Uintah Conference Center, starts at 8:00am on Thursday and the Uinta Basin Rail agenda item is number 6 of 9 on the list.

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