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April 22, 1970
Honorable George M. Stafford
Interstate Commerce Commission
Dear Mr. Chairman:
The Union Pacific Railway Company is again attempting to discontinue
passenger trains 35 and 36 between Salt Lake City, Utah, and Butte, Montana.
The Commission previously ruled against this action, and we request that it
again reaffirm its opposition to such a discontinuance.
This passenger train service is a public convenience and necessary to the
residents of this area. We know of no change in the population factor which
would alter the previous position taken by the Interstate Commerce Commission.
There are some 500 thousand persons living in this section serviced between
Butte and Salt Lake City, and the removal of these trains would leave the inhabitants
with no passenger train service. At the present time there is not
sufficient or adequate alternate public transportation available .
If the Commission agrees to consider this application for a new discontinuance,
it is imperative that additional public hearings be held in Montana. Your cooperation
in keeping us informed would be most appreciated.
With best personal wishes, we are
Sincerely yours ,
JOHN MELCHER, M .C.
Mike Mansfield Papers, Series 21, Box 46 , Folder 9, Mansfield Library, University of Montana.
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