Rail Service Grant

Santa Teresa – The state of New Mexico has been awarded a grant worth more than $1 million to help expand commercial rail service to the southern part of the state.

U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, a New Mexico Democrat, announced the funding Friday. It was awarded through the Economic Development Administration.

The grant will be used for a study to help determine the feasibility of a bi-national railway bypass from south of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, to Santa Teresa.

Bingaman's office says the bypass would aide in international trade with Mexico and New Mexico by eliminating the current rail congestion between Juarez and El Paso, Texas.

The study will focus on environmental, engineering and financial feasibility as well as impacts on security, timing and international trade.

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