On a daily basis, you see hundreds of railroad freight cars pass through the middle of town. These cars are carrying goods in and out of Mexico.
For a few years now, the number of rail cars that cross our border has been steadily increasing.
The company behind the increased freight crossing is Union Pacific who serves the area’s international rail bridge and all six major gateways along the border.
Union Pacific Railroad Public Affairs Director Ivan Jaime has stated in the past that UP’s intention is to triple the number of rail cars crossing through Eagle Pass in the near future.
Jaime has stated that UP intends to expand their single railroad line into two lines coming into the City limits of Eagle Pass sometime during early 2018. This will allow for the volume of rail cars being handled through Eagle Pass grow immensely.
Since 2008 to today Union Pacific’s business has increased by 500% through Eagle Pass going from 500 railroad cars crossings per day to more than 2,000 railroad cars per day.
The Eagle Pass Port of Entry has become the No. 1 rail port for Union Pacific.
Up to now, Union Pacific has invested heavily into the Eagle Pass Market. Jaime has stated that over $100 Million since 2009 to their facilities between Eagle Pass and Spofford, Texas.
One of Union Pacific’s investments has been the expansion of its South Lot with two railroad lines up to the U.S. Highway 277 Overpass on Veterans Blvd.
Union Pacific continues increasing its business presence in our area and is scheduled to continue growing into the future.