The Wasatch Front Regional Council is holding an open house Thursday to discuss a change to its long-range transportation plan to add a transit system along 5600 West in Salt Lake County.

The open house will be from 3 to 6 p.m. in the north building of the Salt Lake County Government Center, 2001 S. State. The public is invited to submit comments or concerns about the change until Friday.

With the amendment to the plan, a "bus rapid transit" line would be built from 2700 South to 6200 South. Eventually, the line would be extended to I-80 and the Salt Lake City International Airport and 11800 South.

The Regional Council anticipates the bus line will be converted to a rail line by 2025.

The rail line has been a source of contention for environmentalists opposed to the Mountain View Corridor, a highway planned to run about 40 miles from northwestern Salt Lake County into Utah County. The environmental groups have pushed for the transit line to be included on Salt Lake County's long-range transportation plan, saying it would help reduce congestion and smog.

The Utah Transit Authority recently agreed to find funding to build the bus rapid transit line and vowed to push the Regional Council to put the line on its long-range plan.

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