Union Pacific Railyard making Santa Teresa an inland port

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By Harold Morgan

Appreciating something very large and flat poses a challenge. Ants always have the problem, but they are used to it.
The appreciation problem had an extra element the day we toured Union Pacific’s new intermodal facility in Doña Ana County just north of the Santa Teresa port of entry and the Mexican border.
The wind averaged 48 miles per hour that day with gusts to 60 mph. Dust ensued, much dust.
Union Pacific is making Santa Teresa an inland port. If the concept sounds murky, remember that a port is where stuff gets shuffled around, much of the time today while still inside large metal boxes we inland types see stacked on rail cars.
The typical port is on a coast with container ships of ever-increasing size on one side and trains and trucks on the other.
With an inland port, the concept of moving huge amounts of stuff remains the same but without ships and perhaps with a small role for airplanes added.
The facility will be a fueling station, a place to change crews and an intermodal ramp for moving goods.
It is currently UP’s largest capital investment and is the largest construction project on the border, said our host Jerry Pacheco, executive director of the International Business Accelerator (www.nmiba.com) in Santa Teresa.

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