Study Gives ‘F’ for Mass Transit Money

SALT LAKE CITY?A Sierra Club study on air pollution and public transportation released Tuesday harshly assessed Utah’s efforts to get people out of their cars and into buses and trains.

Utah spent $576 per person on highway construction and maintenance in 1998, the highest per capita spending of any state for that year.

The distinction landed Utah at the top of worst-offenders list in the Sierra Club’s fourth annual report on urban sprawl, though the report did not note the state was in the middle of the Olympics-related rebuilding of Interstate 15 at the time.

TRAX was praised, but regional transportation planners received an “F” for a lack of public transit funding.