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Funding measure would reroute 900 South trains

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The long-standing problem of the so-called Grant's Tower section of the 900 South Union Pacific Railroad line will be fixed by a bill that passed the House Wednesday.

HB372 by Rep. Ben Ferry, R-Corinne, would allow Salt Lake County to take a small percent of sales tax, which would normally go to roads, to be spent on the Grant's Tower corner to improve rail lines in the area.

Trains have to move through those curves at 5-10 mph, prompting UP to reroute trains down their 900 South line, disturbing neighbors.

Rerouting the Grant's Tower line may cost upwards of $3.5 million, but Salt Lake County officials say they have the transportation funds to do it if current law is changed to allow it.