Monday, May 2, 2022

Mexico says a planned "Rail link worth billions won't go through Texas after [Governor] Abbott used trade as 'political tool'"

Dallas Morning News:

[The] Mexican Economy Minister ... said a planned rail and ports expansion — known as the T-MEC Corridor — to connect the Pacific port of Mazatl├ín to the Canadian city of Winnipeg would not use Texas, but instead the rail line would be routed along the far edge of West Texas up through Santa Teresa, N.M., about 20 miles west of downtown El Paso.

“We’re now not going to use Texas,” [she] said at a conference April 28 in Mexico City. “We can’t leave all the eggs in one basket and be hostages to someone who wants to use trade as a political tool.”

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[The] president of the Santa Teresa-based Border Industrial Association, called [the] announcement “a very positive step for New Mexico,” but cautioned that such a project will take years to complete and “anything can happen in that time.”

“I don’t think they’ve even gotten to finish a design yet,” [he] said. “So this is very much in the preliminary stages, but the very fact that we’re being discussed in the early stages is a positive thing.