Created: 05/27/2014 7:49 AM
By: The Associated Press
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - A massive new railroad facility in southern New Mexico is set to officially open this week.
Union Pacific Corp. has already begun operations at its newly constructed hub facility in Santa Teresa, but is holding its grand opening on Wednesday.
The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that the facility will transfer cargo between trains and trucks.
The facility spans 2,200 acres and also includes fueling facilities and crew-change buildings.
Construction began in 2011.
The project is opening well ahead of its 2015 projected date.
Union Pacific says dignitaries scheduled to participate in the event include New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez and U.S. Sens. Martin Heinrich and Tom Udall.
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