Union Pacific Breaks Ground On Border Facility

Santa Teresa, New Mexico – SANTA TERESA, N.M. (KRWG) New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez and U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman were among the officials on hand in Santa Teresa Monday for ground breaking on Union Pacific's new rail yard.

The company is expected to invest $400 million on the 2,200 acre site west of Santa Teresa Airport.

The rail yard will include fueling facilities, crew change buildings, locomotive inspection tracks, an intermodal ramp and a switching yard.

Set along the historic railroad corridor known as the "Sunset Route," the project is projected to bring 3,000 jobs to the area during construction and 600 permanent jobs when complete.

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