Santa Teresa rail hub project carries...

Santa Teresa rail hub project carries $500M boost

There are 5 comments on the Las Cruces Sun-News story from Jan 7, 2011, titled Santa Teresa rail hub project carries $500M boost. In it, Las Cruces Sun-News reports that:

Union Pacific is poised to expand its operations in southern New Mexico by building a new $400-million hub in Santa Teresa that is expected to provide southern New Mexico with a $500-million economic boost, officials said Friday.

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native New Mexican

Muscle Shoals, AL

#1 Jan 8, 2011
This is a GOOD THING. I am hopeful for this new facility to improve working conditions for the railyard employees, especially their safety, and improve efficiency of the railroad regionally. Railroads are the backbone of our country. We have not provided the maintenance and improvements needed for many years.
Now, when can we get a NORTH-SOUTH passenger line from El Paso to Albuquerque?
Rails Are The Way

Alto, NM

#3 Jan 8, 2011
native New Mexican wrote:
This is a GOOD THING. I am hopeful for this new facility to improve working conditions for the railyard employees, especially their safety, and improve efficiency of the railroad regionally. Railroads are the backbone of our country. We have not provided the maintenance and improvements needed for many years.
Now, when can we get a NORTH-SOUTH passenger line from El Paso to Albuquerque?
Comments like yours always remind those of us who have either had a carreer with the railways or are currently employed by a RR of how IGNORANT the average person is about modern railroads.
Improve working conditions....????
Their safety....?????
Not provided maintenance/improvements needed....????
This proposed rail yard is just a typical expansion project... it has NOTHING, I repeat, NOTHING to do with what you are babbling about!
The concerns you voice and a number of others are addressed on a daily basis on ALL major railroads.
Thanks to the persistent(and successful) prodding by STRONG RAILWAY UNIONS, these matters regarding the safety, working conditions and wages of rail workers continue to be superior to any other type of jobs, especially in western Texas and southern New Mexico

As for the "dream" that southern New Mexicans hold so dear to their hearts(rail passenger service between EP and Alb.).... well, let's just say, we hope you're not holding your breath! LOL...
Believe me, that's a VERY UNSAVORY topic in the railroad world.... it's very expensive to build, operate and maintain.... and there is NO PROFIT in it. Studies in other areas have already shown that ridership between places like these two cities would be minimal, at best, only catering to the occasional pleasure passenger. It's not like there are crowds of people in Albuq. wanting to visit El Paso and vice versa...LOL!

Like I said, do a little research and acquire a little knowledge about modern rail transportation..... and don't spend so much time in the dream world!
debpasc

Albuquerque, NM

#4 Jan 8, 2011
I just want to know how she got down there from Santa Fe. Did she jump in a car with a driver? How many stafffers also drove down there? Did she fly in a jet or plane? If so, which one -- the one that's for sale? I don't begrudge any executive -- General Electric, Ford, or a state Governor a jet or plane. I'd rather they get to where they need to be and conduct business than spend valuable time on a highway.
New Mexico Native

Frisco, TX

#5 Jan 8, 2011
In the event that I have to travel to El Paso and Las Cruces,like a 1930's Hobo, and spend several days housed in local hot hells would you kind people ask you state chief executive to approve a motive fuel tax exemption for me? Halleluja! I'm a Bum

Yeah right

Las Cruces, NM

#6 Jan 8, 2011
Susana Martinez is already taking credit for the work of others.

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