- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 1, 2014

OGDEN, Utah (AP) - Weber County Commissioners rejected a request from the Utah Transit Authority for funds to study an extension of a commuter rail line, with the chairman blasting the agency for being a mess.

The Standard-Examiner in Ogden reports (https://bit.ly/1yzwjtx ) that chairman Kerry Gibson said the agency already has funding sources and called it a hungry, hungry beast.

The agency had requested $2 million from Weber County to assess extending the FrontRunner commuter rail further into Ogden.

Transit Authority spokesman Remi Barron said the agency relies on funds from local government entities who allocate local sale tax for transit projects. Barron says there’s plenty of support for extending the commuter rail line in Ogden.

A recent state audit criticized the agency for how much agency executives are getting paid and how officials are handling business dealings.

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Information from: Standard-Examiner, https://www.standard.net

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