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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The public agency that oversees transit in Salt Lake City has approved a spending plan that will accelerate voter-approved expansion of rail systems while adding some $88.5 million to its $2 billion in debt.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports the Utah Transit Authority’s $403 million operating budget, adopted Monday, projects spending almost 5 percent more next year than in 2017.

The biggest expenditures are $25.3 million to relocate the TRAX station at a renovated Salt Lake City International Airport, and $30 million to install federally-required positive train control systems that can automatically slow or stop a train.

Authorities say such a control system was not in use on a stretch of track in Washington state where a fatal train crash occurred Monday over Interstate 5 south of Seattle.


Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune,