Union Pacific celebrated the grand opening of its New Mexico rail facility May 28, which officially opened April 1. The 2,200-acre site will create value for UP customers and produce greater logistics efficiencies along Union Pacific's critical Sunset Route, the rail line running 760 miles from El Paso, Texas, to Los Angeles, Calif.
Construction of the site was completed one year ahead of schedule, created 3,000 jobs during the building phase and is expected to create an economic impact to the state of more than $ 500 million.
Located just west of the Santa Teresa Airport, UP’s Santa Teresa rail facility includes a fueling station, crew change buildings and an intermodal ramp with an annual lift capacity of around 225,000 containers.
“Our new rail facility in New Mexico is a key part of our relentless effort to create value for our customers through safety, service and efficiency,” UP Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jack Koraleski said. “Union Pacific’s $400-million investment in New Mexico will improve the fluidity and efficiency of the Union Pacific network and will have a positive long-term economic impact in the region.”