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Proposed Action

The 1.3 miles of new freight rail line (the Line) proposed by Green Eagle Railroad (GER) would be a secure, double-tracked rail corridor with no roadway/rail at-grade crossings extending from the interchange point with Union Pacific Railroad (UP) at approximately UP milepost 31 to the United States/Mexico border. The Line would cross the Rio Grande River on a newly constructed bridge. The Line would be fully fenced, monitored, and patrolled by security personnel.

GER’s stated purpose for constructing and operating the Line is to develop an economically viable solution to meet the need for border infrastructure improvements at Eagle Pass that increases safety and facilitates binational trade between the United States and Mexico. According to GER, the Line would resolve rail and truck congestion, reduce cross border wait times, and route rail traffic around the urban center of Eagle Pass.

The Line would be part of the larger Puerto Verde Global Trade Bridge (PVGTB) Project by Puerto Verde Holdings (PVH). Although only the Line is under the jurisdiction of the Board, other parts of the PVGTB Project will be considered, as appropriate, in the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The PVGTB Project would include a new commercial motor vehicle roadway that would cross the Rio Grande on a new bridge (separate from the rail bridge that would carry the Line); a control tower; and inspection facilities for both the Line and the roadway. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) would operate the inspection facilities. PVH would either lease the facilities to CBP; transfer ownership of the facilities to the General Services Administration; or operate the inspection facilities as a privately owned Central Examination Station.

A variety of commodities would move to and from Mexico over the Line and roadway. Trains operating on the Line would consist of approximately 150 cars with two locomotives on the front end and one on the rear end, for an approximate train length of 9,300 feet.

 

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