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UP to build terminal near San Antonio next year


The same day Union Pacific Railroad executives spent part of a quarterly earnings conference discussing a plan to increase capital spending next year to expand intermodal and coal capacity, the railroad announced it will spend more than $90 million to build an intermodal terminal near San Antonio in Bexar County, Texas.

The 300-acre rail port will handle general merchandise containers and trailers for retailers and distribution centers, as well as auto parts for Toyota’s new San Antonio plant. Designed to process more than 100,000 trailers and containers annually, the terminal will take more than 80,000 trucks off the highway, UP said.

The facility will include computer systems that coordinate all rail-car, truck, trailer and container moves to reduce the time a truck stops at the gate from the national average of four minutes to about one minute.

UP plans to begin building the terminal next year and complete the facility in 2008.

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