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METRO Briefs

Posted on August 31, 2006

Utah governor urges tax reform, transit funding
Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman wants state lawmakers to adopt a dual-track personal income tax system that would allow Salt Lake County voters the chance to raise their sales tax by a quarter cent to fund a $900 million transit and transportation package. The package would include funding for the Utah Transit Authority to build three extensions to its TRAX light rail system, as well as build a commuter rail down the length of Salt Lake County. For the full story, click here. Bus strike in New Jersey averted
A tentative agreement on a three-year contract has helped avert a possible strike by bus drivers in New Jersey’s Hudson and Bergen counties. The agreement, which will be voted on by union members this weekend, includes increased overtime hours and additional vacation time. For the full story, click here. Bus crash response may have been hindered by poor cell service
A lack of cell phone coverage may have delayed the response to a Greyhound bus crash near Elizabethtown, New York, that killed five people, said state Sen. Elizabeth Little. The senator has been pushing for better cell phone service in the area where the crash occurred for the last several years. For the full story, click here.

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