Thursday, January 07, 2010

Texas port breaks ground on $10.5 million rail improvement project

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Community leaders broke ground on The Port of Beaumont's rail improvement project that will add close to 40,000 feet of track to the port. The project is expected to take 18 months to complete and should reduce traffic congestion as well as greenhouse gasses in the city, increase rail velocity and improve port security and safety.

The existing interchange yard, which is small and narrow, will be retired and a new turnout will lead directly to new interchange facilities within the terminal. In addition to the new track being installed, close to 4,000 feet of track will be upgraded and modernized.

Beaumont is served by BNSF, UP and KCS and handles around 25,000 rail cars annually. The new configuration will allow the port to receive and dispatch trains as a unit.

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