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Continued: Dayton, union push for rail safety

  • Article by: DAVID SHAFFER , Star Tribune
  • Last update: February 7, 2014 - 11:37 AM

One of the other officials the UTU has approached is St. Paul City Council President Kathy Lantry, whose ward includes the Canadian Pacific yard. She said most of the complaints she gets are about noise, but that safety needs to be a priority.

“We have a lot of trains that go through a densely populated area,” Lantry said. “I worry about it. … Let’s not take something that is dangerous to begin with and exacerbate it by being lax with the rules.”

 

David Shaffer • 612-673-7090

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