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12/22/2008



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KCS' East Loop Bypass project gets USDOT nod


The Kansas City Southern Railway Co. and U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) recently signed an agreement that officially makes the East Loop Bypass project part of the department's Border Congestion Relief Program.

The project calls for building a new rail bridge east of Laredo, Texas, that would cross the U.S./Mexico border. The bridge and East Loop Bypass will increase capacity at the Laredo gateway and divert truck traffic to rail, according to USDOT. The project also would eliminate several grade crossings.

USDOT's Border Congestion Relief Program aims to facilitate and accelerate transportation-related capacity and operational improvements at border crossings. As part of the program, KCS' East Loop Bypass project will have priority access to many of the department's assistance programs, including loans and other financing mechanisms.


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