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Posted: Thursday, April 5, 2001 12:00 am

Mexico pledges support for West Rail Plan

Timeline: Diplomatic notes may be exchanged this month.

BY EMMA PEREZ-TREVIO

The Brownsville Herald

The diplomatic notes that will formalize the studies and advance Cameron

Countys proposed West Rail Relocation Plan could be secured as early as this

month, County Judge Gilberto Hinojosa said.

Amid emphatic vows of support for the project from top level Mexican officials

at a meeting Wednesday, Hinojosa predicted that officials could be announcing

the exchange of diplomatic notes between the United States and Mexico for

development of the project at the U.S.-Mexico Binational Conference on Bridges

and Border Crossings in Juarez later this month.

We are very pleased with the progress, Hinojosa said. Officials see that

its a good, positive project and that it is do-able, he said.

One can plan all sorts of things but the projects that draw interest are the

ones that can be accomplished, the judge said.

The project calls for moving Union Pacific railway

operations in Brownsville and Matamoros to the west.

The rail portion of the B&M Bridge would be replaced with a new international

railroad bridge about eight miles west of the city near San Pedro.

We have followed this project with a lot of interest since its inception,

Alfonso Salazar, representing Tamaulipas Gov. Tomas Yarrington told a group

that gathered at Veterans International Bridge at Los Tomates to discuss the

project.

The governor has given us precise instructions to participate, to be with you

and support this project because it is extremely important for the development

and safety of Brownsville, Matamoros, Tamaulipas and the region, Salazar

said.

I want to make it very clear that the state is supporting the project, we

want it to happen and we want to participate in its development, the

governors spokesman said.

Matamoros Mayor Homar Zamorano Ayala said that this project has long been

wanted.

You can count on us and on our support to assist in the finalization of the

multitude of processes that are involved, Zamorano said.

We congratulate the group for the important progress that has been made in

the past three months and we are sure that progress will continue in the

coming three months, Zamorano added.

People in economic development in Matamoros support the project, he said.

Industrialist Sergio Arguelles of the FINSA Arguelles Group, developers of an

industrial park west of the city and adjacent to the Free Trade Bridge at Los

Indios, also voiced his support for the project.

The relocation eliminates health, safety and traffic hazards caused by the

movement of toxic materials through the communities, Arguelles said.

Amado Athie with the Federal Secretariat of Communications and Transportation

said that the agency sees the project favorably.

Representatives from the Mexican railway Transporte Ferroviario Mexicano (TFM)

said the project is an interesting one that will be studied.

The next step is for the group to reach consensus on the location of the

bridge, Hinojosa said but insurmountable debate is not anticipated.

Following the briefing, officials were flown ovef the countys proposed route

by helicopter.

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