Posted at: 01/26/2013 8:41 AM
Updated at: 01/26/2013 9:27 PM
By: The Associated Press
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - Border boosters are hoping that a new Union Pacific Railroad rail yard and fueling station in Santa Teresa will persuade Mexico's federal government to approve a project connecting train tracks from Mexico's interior to New Mexico.
The Albuquerque Journal reports that Union Pacific Railroad's construction of the $400 million project is sparking excitement about development after years of pushing.
Boosters just south of the border known as San Jeronimo have pushed a proposal to reroute railroad lines, which now cut through Ciudad Juarez to El Paso, so they would go around the Mexican industrial city to connect with Santa Teresa.
The plan would eliminate the threat of train accidents within Ciudad Juarez, and allow trains from Mexico's interior to move more freely across the border.