ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Union Pacific Corp. has begun operations at a massive new railroad facility in southern New Mexico near the U.S.-Mexico border and El Paso, Texas.
The Omaha-based railroad will use its newly constructed facility in Santa Teresa to transfer cargo between trains and trucks and also for refueling engines and changing train crews.
According to the Albuquerque Journal, Union Pacific had a “soft opening” of the facility Tuesday but plans a formal event in May.
Union Pacific spokeswoman Zoe Richmond said the intervening period is like “spring training” for the railroad.
New Mexico officials consider the facility a major economic development achievement.
The launch of operations at the site represents the culmination of an infrastructure investment by Union Pacific of more than $400 million since 2011 — all private investment by the company and well ahead of schedule.