To: Dean Sanpei,
Subject: HB 388 - Solve Utah's Air Quality Problems with More Transit
Date: Wed Feb 26 14:15:46 MST 2014
Dear State Representative Sanpei,
A “Quarter for Clean Air” – Rep. Johnny Anderson’s HB388, lifts the cap on local-option sales tax funding by one quarter of one percent. This would enable counties to ask voters if they would like to expand public transit and would be a significant action taken by you to clean our air.
We know that vehicle emissions produce 57% of air pollution during inversions. Increased public transit attacks this problem head-on and will have immediate benefits.
A quarter cent funding boost, if approved by voters, would result long-term in a 68% overall increase in service and a projected 89% increase in ridership. These improvements would remove 344,000 tons of emissions, and reduce auto-related pollutants by an additional 74% by taking an additional 84,000 vehicles off our roads. A multitude of other benefits would occur in our communities.
This is a unique opportunity to immediately move the dial on air quality and do what Utah does best – collaborate to accomplish big things. In the interest of improved air quality and mobility, we encourage you to support Rep. Johnny Anderson’s HB388.
Sincerely, Robert Brown Jack B. ParsonCompanies 128 N. Hale Str. Grantsville, UT 84029