The Sevier rail project, proposed by Sevier, Sanpete and Juab counties, would connect a coal-transfer terminal near Salina with a Union Pacific main line in Levan. Since the rail line was lost in the 1983 Thistle mudslide, more than 600 trucks have had to travel weekly from SUFCO to the rail line in Levan.
The proposed 43-mile rail line would eliminate more than half of that 82-mile truck trip.
The project (also known as the Central Utah Rail Project) has been winding its way through the approval process since it was originally proposed 14 years ago but is now expected to be issued permits from the U.S. Surface Transportation Board in June. Sanpete Messenger