Union Pacific building $550 million new rail yard in Texas
AP/Dallas Morning News:
Union Pacific is building a new $550 million rail yard in Texas to help sort the growing number of freight cars it is hauling into trains.Transportation expansion usually happens when there is business growth that creates demand for shipping of goods to an from manufacturing facilities. It is a logical extension of the economic growth throughout Texas.
The Omaha, Nebraska-based railroad says the new Brazos rail yard will be able to switch up to 1,300 rail cars per day. The 1,875-acre facility is being built in Robertson County, about 125 miles south of Dallas.
The project is designed to help Union Pacific handle future growth in freight traffic on the railroad. It is expected to be completed in 2020.
The new rail yard will be built near where seven Union Pacific rail lines converge in Hearne. That makes it an ideal point to build the yard, which will break apart trains that come into the facility and reassemble cars into new trains headed to their destinations.