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9/22/2009


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KCS, KCSM continue to pursue international bridge, double-track line



Kansas City Southern and Kansas City Southern de México S.A. de C.V. (KCSM) officials recently updated local business leaders and lawmakers about long-term plans to improve rail service in and around the greater Laredo/Nuevo Laredo area at the U.S./Mexico border.

The plan comprises two phases: a new international rail bridge and urban bypass, and the Nuevo Laredo “secure corridor.” KCS recently submitted a filing to Mexican authorities seeking federal approval for the new international bridge. A working group including KCSM, Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes, state of Tamaulpas and city of Nuevo Laredo representatives is refining the engineering, legal and financial aspects of the two-phase project, according to an item posted on the “KCS News” Web site.

The secure corridor plans calls for relocating rail capacity from KCSM’s BJ line to the B line to free up land for public uses, such as parks, avenues and housing. KCSM would build a double-track segment on the B line while public authorities would construct several vehicular overpasses to grade separate the line.

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