Direct bus route from St. George to Zion NP in the works


DON THE WAREHOUSE’S CO-OWNER SAYS HIS EMPLOYEES GOT A CALL TO GET INSIDE… THAT LIKELY SAVED LIVES. WORLD NEWS TONIGHT WITH DAVID MUIR WILL HAVE MORE NATIONAL HEADLINES, RIGHT AFTER THIS NEWSCAST WHICH STARTS AT 5:30. [A33]traffic alert wipe-wipe EMILY IN A TRAFFIC ALERT… A DIRECT BUS ROUTE FROM ST. GEORGE TO ZION NATIONAL PARK COULD SOON BE A REALITY. ABC 4’S KATIE KARALIS REPORTS FROM ST. GEORGE. IF APPROVED, PUBLIC OR PRIVATE BUSES WOULD TAKE STATE ROUTE 9 BEHIND ME HERE FROM ST. GEORGE TO SPRINGDALE. IT WOULD NOT ONLY HELP TOURISTS BUT LOCAL BUSINESSES AND RESIDENTS. WITH MORE THAN 4 MILLION PEOPLE VISITING ZION NATIONAL PARK EACH YEAR, WASHINGTON COUNTY RESIDENTS SAY THE ROUTE IS AN EFFECTIVE WAY TO NOT ONLY HANDLE OVERCROWDING BUT ALSO REDUCE THEIR CARBON FOOTPRINT. COOPER MILLS, ST. GEORGE RESIDENT: “INSTEAD OF USING SO MUCH GAS AND POLLUTING THE AIR, I THINK IT’D BE VERY GOOD FOR OUR COMMUNITY.” THE SERVICE MAY ALSO HELP LOCALS WHO DON’T HAVE A CAR AND WANT TO VISIT ZION NATIONAL PARK. THE UTAH DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION ANNOUNCED A $15 MILLION DOLLAR GRANT FOR START-UP FUNDS, WHICH WASHINGTON COUNTY OFFICIALS SAY WOULD NEED TO LAST FOR AT LEAST 10 YEARS. COUNTY OFFICIALS FAVOR A QUARTER-OF-A-PERCENT SALES TAX THAT WOULD BE EFFECTIVE STARTING IN 2020, WHICH MEANS TOURISTS WOULD BE HELPING PAY FOR TRANSIT COSTS. ST. GEORGE MAYOR JON PIKE: “ABOUT 30-40 PERCENT OF PEOPLE THAT PAY SALES TAXES ARE VISITORS.” THE TAX WOULD BRING THE CITY OF ST. GEORGE ABOUT $3 MILLION PER YEAR AND A FEW EXTRA MILLION TO THE REST OF THE COUNTY… AND ALSO HELP THE COUNTY MAINTAIN AND EXPAND ROADS AND BIKE PATHS AND EVEN ADD EXTRA BUS ROUTES. ST. GEORGE’S MAYOR SAYS HE HOPES THE ROUTE WILL BE UP AND RUNNING IN THE NEXT YEAR AND A HALF. IN WASHINGTON COUNTY, KATIE KARALIS ABC 4 NEWS. EMILY FOR MORE INFORMATION ON PROPOSED PLANS FOR THE ROUTE… YOU CAN HEAD TO OUR WEBSITE AT ABC4.COM. DON POPULAR RECREATION

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