OFFICIAL OPENING: Chihuahua, Mexico, Gov. César Duarte, left, Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM), center, and New Mexico’s Republican Gov. Susana Martinez hammer golden spikes during the railroad hub opening May 28 at Union Pacific Railway’s new $400 intermodal train facility. (Associated Press photo from abqjournal.com)
By Dan Bodine
SANTA TERESA, N.M. — New Mexico State Legislature’s decision a while back to drop a diesel fuel tax so the Union Pacific Railroad could build an intermodal ramp loading facility just west of El Paso is a deal that looks to be sealed in gold.
Gold as in an increasing amount of international trade crossing at the new Santa Teresa U.S. Port of Entry, and jobs added to this region’s bi-national labor force. Construction jobs alone climbed to 3,000, and put the project in a year ahead of schedule. An economic bloom in the Chihuahuan Desert.
Some in Juarez, however, over on the Mexican side, are questioning the port’s costs. Such as utilities, housing, and building a new community for the workers. But there were certainly no such thoughts around when UP officially opened the mammoth $418 million rail yard last month. Everything was golden. Continue reading