Railroad buys port land for new loop
NEWS-LEDGER — JUNE 13, 2012 —
Sierra Northern Railroad has purchased 18.82 acres of land from the Port of West Sacramento to support a new rail track loop and the planned SacPort BioFuels facility.
Purchase price was about $1.5 million, port director Mike Luken told the News-Ledger.
The port and Sierra Northern will jointly develop the new rail loop, with help from a $960,000 grant from the Federal Rail Administration to the port.
“The new loop track is a huge advance for the Port,” said Mike McGowan, a port commission chairman and county supervisor, in a press release. “We’ll be able to unload rail cars more quickly and efficiently, and reduce rail impacts in West Sacramento.”
The proposed SacPort BioFuels facility aims to show how locally generated, non-recyclable waste can be converted into locally made, locally used renewable fuels, said a port press release.
It will employ about 60 people at build-out.
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