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Martin Murray

New Border Crossing For Freight

By December 31, 2012

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Freight Approximately 2,400 freight trucks a day cross from Juárez, Mexico to El Paso in Texas causing significant congestion on the bridge and delays to cross border traffic. Technology developed by a team at Texas A&M University could remove all those trucks from the bridge. They have proposed an elevated freight shuttle system that would be approximately 10 miles long, connecting secure loading and inspection stations in El Paso and Juárez with shuttles on monorails.

The project would cost over $100 million but be funded by private rather than public funds. A private company, Freight Shuttle International (FSI), has been created to oversee the project. The company would recoup its investment by charging fees for handling and shipping cargo.

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January 2, 2013 at 1:37 am
(1) Kendall Baker says:

I live in Texas and I had not heard anything about this possible El Paso freight link. It’s an interesting concept, but I am not sure if it will ever get off the ground, or it will take too long and it will then not be needed.

January 3, 2013 at 7:17 pm
(2) Texas Republican says:

I thought I know about most logistics projects in Texas, but I admit I have never heard of this cross border crossing project. I am very interested to see if the company is looking to this project as some kind of prototype that can be used at other Texas border crossings or Canadian crossings.

January 9, 2013 at 2:59 am
(3) Jan Tomczyk says:

Interesting concept. Do other options include sending containers by rail from a hub in USA to a similar multi model hub in Mexico. Other places in the world that might benefit from studying this concept includes: (i) seaport Poti in Georgia to a seaport near Baku; (ii) Kazakhstan – People’s Republic of China rail border crossing at Druzba, where there is a rail gauge change and container contents are man handled (hand balled) from one wooden rail box car wagon from China to another box car container on the Republic of Kazakhstan side. Full train sets cannot get handled at once on the Kazakhstan side.

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