Utah in 2050: Local officials urged to plan for population boom

SALT LAKE CITY — Today, the average Wasatch Front commuter spends a little under an hour driving to and from work. By 2050 — when Utah’s population is projected to hit more than 5 million — that commute time could jump to an hour and 40 minutes. On top of that, housing prices will be even higher, and there will be little improvement in air quality. That is — if cities and counties don’t change the way they plan communities or transit in the next few decades, said Andrew Gruber, executive director of the Wasatch Front Regional Council, to a crowd of mayors, city council members and other local officials… Read More

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