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W.V. hires rail projects coordinator

WEST VALLEY CITY — In its ongoing effort to bring light rail to West Valley, the city has hired Jeff Hawker, former president of the Utah Transit Authority Board of Trustees, as its rail projects coordinator.

The only completed TRAX line runs from downtown Salt Lake City to Sandy. The University of Utah extension along 400 South is currently under construction.

West Valley City wants the third spur of the TRAX system, while West Jordan, Draper and the Salt Lake International Airport may all be considered for extensions.

"One of the main reasons I decided to take on this responsibility is that West Valley leaders are serious about moving forward," Hawker said. "It is an enormously complex and challenging process to reach a day when the first rail is laid."