Utah Gov. Spencer Cox is elated by today’s news that the U.S. Forest Service has authorized the Uinta Basin Railway. This approval allows the Uinta Basin Railway proposal to continue to move forward, connecting the eastern part of Utah with national rail networks. The Uintah Basin is rich in natural resources including hydrocarbons, phosphates, and other minerals critical to America’s economy. However, it’s also one of the largest areas of the western United States with no rail or freeway connections. Without rail, interstate highway and major airport service, Duchesne and Uintah Counties have been at a major competitive disadvantage when trying to attract business investment and residents have had very limited employment prospects. The governor said the new rail will open up transportation options for natural resources as well as agricultural products, manufactured goods and more.