Utah Foundation: Fueling Our Future, 2013-2040

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Policy Options to Address Utah’s Future Transportation Needs

Funding Utah’s transportation needs is a significant economic and fiscal challenge for state policymakers. Over the next three decades, Utah’s population is set to increase by over 60% from 2.8 million to 4.5 million.1 Coupled with this signifi cant growth is the possibility of an increase in vehicle miles traveled. For example, from 1990 to 2010, vehicle miles traveled outpaced the population increase by 18%.2 In order to manage these increases, Utah’s transportation infrastructure will require considerable attention and investment.

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