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By Jeff Stagl, Managing EditorRailroads long have played a key role in helping to spur economic growth in Wylie, Texas. Incorporated in 1887, the city was named after Colonel W. D. Wylie, an Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway right-of-way agent and Civil War veteran.Wylie eventually grew around a line established by Santa Fe subsidiary Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway. And now, the municipality situated 24 miles from downtown Dallas is counting on growth stemming from a new Kansas City Southern intermodal terminal — primarily in the form of industrial development and job-creation opportunities.KCS is completing a $50 million, 92-acre intermodal facility in Wylie to replace a cramped, landlocked Dallas terminal it acquired from the Santa Fe in 1994. Slated to launch operations in July (a tentative opening date of July 11 has been set), the Wylie hub features 270 adjacent acres, 9,400 feet of working track and a 342,000-unit annual lift capacity versus the 89-acre Dallas facility’s 5,600 feet of working track and 168,000-unit lift capacity.Dallas is a vital intermodal market for the Class I, both as an origin and destination point for goods transported in containers, and as a gateway between the East and West, said KCS spokeswoman Doniele Carlson in an email. The railroad carries a significant amount of intermodal volume between points in the Southeast and Dallas.Since the old terminal is operating well above its originally planned capacity, a new intermodal terminal with nearly twice the capacity is necessary for KCS to continue posting business growth in the Dallas market, said Carlson.“With city property bordering the Dallas facility on all sides, there are no further expansion possibilities. The significant growth in the Dallas market has only been possible over the past couple of years due to efficiency gains derived from process and flow improvements,” she said.