Salt Lake Tribune - Utah: "Plan to eliminate rail line receives backing in House
By Heather May
The Salt Lake Tribune
A bill that would lay the groundwork for eliminating freight trains from Salt Lake City's 900 South passed a House committee Monday.
HB372 would let Salt Lake County shift $3.5 million of transit taxes from highways to a $50 million pot to realign Union Pacific railroad's Grant Tower - a curve near The Gateway. That fix, in turn, would lead UP to abandon its line on 900 South, where trains travel within 40 feet of some homes, rattling foundations and, say unhappy residents, ruining property values. "