PROVO, Utah – A group of people in Provo and Orem sued the cities over two roads involved in the UTA project in an attempt to stop the road construction. The group in Provo lost their case to the city, but Orem has yet to have their day in court.
The Provo-Orem area is the seventh fastest growing metro in the United States. The Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project was created by the UTA to upgrade the current bus line across University Parkway, but not everyone is on board.
“They feel like it’s taxation without representation, even though the money’s already there. Their biggest issue is that this didn’t go to a ballot,” political activist Cole Souza said.
The project is about 25 percent complete and UTA spokesperson said everything is still on schedule. They also said they believe this is a smart solution to the rapid growth.
Officials said the outcome of the Orem case will more than likely be similar to Provo and it won’t affect the project. They also said the plan is to finish the project around April 2019 or even as early as the end of next year.
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