New rail hub opens along border in New Mexico

Created: 05/28/2014 7:30 PM
By: The Associated Press

SANTA TERESA, N.M. (AP) - A sprawling, $400 million railroad hub has opened in southern New Mexico with the promise of transforming the border area into an international industrial trade zone.         

The hub is one of the largest of its kind in the U.S. and is expected to spur development on both sides of the border. Known as the Santa Teresa Intermodal Ramp, the hub can handle up to 225,000 shipping containers a year.

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez and her Mexican counterpart Cesar Duarte, the governor of Chihuahua, Mexico, were among the officials on hand for the ceremony Wednesday that opened the Union Pacific project almost a year early.

Officials used rubber mallets to hammer golden railroad spikes into holes drilled on a wooden plank.

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