Category Archives: Diesel Tax Abatement

BIA Hosts Governor Susana Martinez in Santa Teresa

Left to right on stage: Lorenzo Fernandez-Ferza, Daniel Liang-Bizlink, Jeff Baskett-Santa Teresa Southern Railroad, Inc., James Robinson-JH Rose Logistics, Representative Mary Helen Garcia, Senator Mary Kay Papen, Davin Lopez-MVEDA, Governor Susana Martinez, Secretary of Economic Development Jon Barela, Chihuahua Secretary of the Economy Alberto Chretin, Jerry Pacheco (Master of Ceremonies)

On September 19th, the BIA helped host Governor Susana Martinez’s visit to the Santa Teresa Intermodal Park. Governor Martinez traveled to this region to announce the location of three new companies to Santa Teresa and the expansion of one existing Santa Teresa company. These companies are expected to create about 120 new direct jobs in New Mexico’s border region.

A Port In The Desert

By Bill Hume / For the Journal on Mon, Jun 27, 2011

SUNLAND PARK – Santa Teresa “will become a key inland port in the United States” when Union Pacific Railroad’s massive $500 million refueling and intermodal yard is completed there in five years, according to Zoe Richmond, UP’s director of public affairs for Arizona and New Mexico.

“Think of it as a chicken coop for trains,” Richmond said.

It will be a major refueling, crew change, switch yard and intermodal ramp for UP’s busy Sunset Corridor, from Los Angeles-Long Beach through to Chicago and across the nation.

NM Gov. Susana Martinez signs Union Pacific tax bill in Santa Teresa


New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez spoke Tuesday (April 4th) before signing three bills into law. (Victor Calzada / El Paso Times)

With a stroke of a pen, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez on Tuesday started the wheels rolling for a proposed $400 million Union Pacific rail facility in Santa Teresa.

Martinez, appearing in a Santa Teresa warehouse filled with politicians and area business people, signed recently passed state legislation exempting Union Pacific from paying locomotive fuel tax so the railroad company will develop the new facility.

The locomotive fueling station and intermodal freight yard are expected to create 3,000 jobs during four years of construction and bring 600 permanent jobs, Union Pacific officials have said.

Legislative Recap


HB 24 (Overweight bill):

This bill passed both houses and is sitting on the governor’s desk waiting for her signature.  Because this bill was endorsed by the governor during the session, it is a given that she will sign this.  After signature, this bill will become law on July 1st.