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West Valley leaders say no rail on 5600 West

WEST VALLEY CITY (Deseret News) — City leaders are pushing back against a plan endorsed by the Utah Transit Authority that would put light rail along 5600 West.

City manager Wayne Pyle sent a letter to the transit agency in late February saying that city planners don't foresee the suburban road as a good fit for permanent tracks.

The Deseret News received a copy of the letter through a Government Records Access and Management Act request. The letter was part of the city's response to plans for bus rapid transit lanes for 5600 West between 2700 South and 6200 South. The bus lines are expected to be built within five years, but no funding is available for the project.

In later phases, the rapid transit line is planned to be expanded to I-80 on the north and 11800 South on the other end.

The federal government has approved plans to build transit adjacent to Mountain View Corridor, which will ultimately link up with 5600 West in several spots.

If successful, the 5600 West bus line is planned to become a light rail line. Because of that projection, UTA is interested in buying needed right-of-way property for multiple TRAX stops.

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