Construction begins on the Medina line
Southwest Gulf Railroad Company (SGRR) has begun construction on the Medina line, a nine‐mile common‐carrier railroad near Dunlay, Texas.
Construction activity on the Medina line started with surveying and marking the right of way and the next phases will be fencing, earthwork, sitework and rail installation. To complete this project, SGRR has forged partnerships with the community and stakeholders, which will serve customers on and along the route.
“This is a testament to what’s possible when we work together,” said Erik Remmert, Vice President of SGRR. “This project will serve as a catalyst for jobs and economic opportunity for decades to come right here in Medina County. We look forward to continuing our work with the community and being good neighbours.”
In 2008, the U.S. Surface Transportation Board granted SGRR the authority to build and operate the Medina line, which is being constructed along the Modified Eastern Bypass Route. This has been determined by the U.S. Surface Transportation Board, engineers and environmental experts to be the optimal route.
The Medina Line will create new construction, engineering and operations jobs and support others throughout the County. Furthermore, the rail line will generate new tax revenues for vital government services, including road construction and maintenance, schools and public safety.
Customers and employers who use the Medina line will also generate additional revenue through increased household incomes and added economic benefits that support jobs and spending at local suppliers, stores and restaurants.
The Medina Line will operate as a common carrier rail line serving customers and employers located on or near the line and leveraging its unique access to Union Pacific Railroad, the nation’s largest freight railroad, and U.S. Route 90.
Based on current plans, construction is anticipated to be complete in 2019.