The Coalition vetted a thorough list of potential routes for the railway. The Coalition sought to identify routes with the lowest cost to construct and operate, the fewest environmental impacts, and the fewest impacts on residences and communities, including minimizing impacts to agriculture, public lands, endangered species and water resources. As a result of this evaluation, the Coalition proposed four alternative routes to the U.S. Surface Transportation Board (STB) for additional study.

Final Selected Route

The U.S. Surface Transportation Board (STB) granted final approval for the construction and operation of the Whitmore Park alternative, subject to the STB’s Office of Environmental Analysis’ (OEA) final recommended environmental mitigation measures.

The environmental review process included extensive opportunity for public participation as well as input from agencies and other interested parties. Based on this analysis, the STB identified the Whitmore Park alternative as its Environmentally Preferable alternative for the railway. It will avoid and/or minimize major environmental impacts compared to the two other build alternatives.



The Uinta Basin Railway makes it possible to economically transport goods in and out of the Uinta Basin by connecting to the national railway network.

The maps below demonstrate where these resources are being used to improve everyday quality of life and where the resources are located in the Uinta Basin.

Oil & Gas

Crude oil extracted in the Uinta Basin is essential to supporting national demand for fueling automobiles, airplanes, and military supplies. It is essential to plastics used in household products, day-to-day supplies, medical devices, and technology. In short, petroleum based products are essential for your everyday quality of life.

Oil and Gas map


Agriculture is a key economic driver in the Uinta Basin and contributes to quality of life through its ranching of livestock, farming of corn, barley, and oats, and its export of alfalfa hay to feed livestock and horses in the U.S. and abroad.

Oil and Gas map


Minerals mined in the Uinta Basin provide the electricity for your homes, schools and businesses (coal), fertilizers for agriculture production (phosphorous, soda ash), detergents for your cleaning supplies (soda ash), asphalt for roadways (Gilsonite), and inks and paints to beautify your homes (Gilsonite).

Oil and Gas map


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Thank you for visiting. This is the project website for the Uinta Basin Railway provided by the Seven County Infrastructure Coalition.


You can also visit the project website for the Uinta Basin Railway Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). Site and content developed and maintained by the Surface Transportation Board, the lead federal agency responsible for preparing the Uinta Basin Railway EIS. The Seven County Infrastructure Coalition has no role in determining the content of the EIS website.