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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.
Captain Tim Labier of NM Motor Transportation Division: Discussion of Santa Teresa Overweight Cargo Zone
Captain Labier gave an overview of the six-mile overweight cargo zone in which trucks loaded with up to 96,000 lbs of cargo can travel even if they have a reducible load. This zone was approved by the NM Legislature during the 2011 legislative session and went into effect last July.
Captain Labier explained how this could help existing companies in the area and may even attract new ones. Jerry Pacheco noted that already three companies have moved to the Santa Teresa area as a direct result of the new zone.
The cost of this new permit is $250 annually and is applied to a single truck. This gives companies the ability to pay for only the trucks that will travel in the zone rather than paying for their entire fleet.
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.