Our mayors have been saying for years that the time is right for rail transit in Boise. But is the historic "Boise cutoff" any closer to getting stitched back on?
By Nicholas Collias
"Hopefully the UP will take us today," says Jeff Anderson, resting his hand on the throttle of an idling Rio Grande freight locomotive. It's just after 7 a.m., and we're paused at the intersection where a small stretch of track run by the Idaho Northern and Pacific Railroad meets the multiple lane Union Pacific mainline railroad in downtown Nampa. Behind the engine in which we're seated, 12 freight cars loaded with lumber sit idle while Anderson, the train's engineer, waits to get permission to share the mainline track with far longer and more powerful trains.
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