Union Pacific acquiring land for railway from Mexican "superport"
Submitted by admin on Mon, 10/02/2006 - 11:57
...The [Yuma] Sun previously reported that Union Pacific officials are researching Yuma as a route to ship cargo from 130 miles south of Tijuana into the United States. Landowners throughout Yuma told The Sun that they had been approached by Union Pacific officials about property acquisition.
Chris Peterson, the Union Pacific director of government affairs, previously stated in articles that the company had conducted preliminary studies, but the "project remains very uncertain."
Local farmer Bruce Easterday has no illusions about trying to fight the railroad if it should pursue eminent domain to acquire his property.
...Easterday said he was approached by a Union Pacific representative about selling an option to purchase 200 acres he owns at County 13th Street and Avenue 3E for the potential rail line that would come up from Mexico, likely from a new superport planned for Punta Colonet.