Lubbock Exploring Idea of New Railroad - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/13/06

Lubbock Exploring Idea of New Railroad

Lubbock may have a new reason to be labeled"Hub City".

The city's Metropolitan Planning Organization is considering making Lubbock the hub of cotton exports. It's part of a project that would turn Reese Center into a transload container handling facility. The runways at the former airbase would be transformed into railways that would ship out about 25,000 containers of cotton a year. 

Warren Warner, Lubbock Economic Development Alliance's Foreign Trade Zone Managing Director says, "There is a huge need for it right now. The facility that's here can only ship about 10 to 11,000 containers a year." 

Right now, the project is in the planning phases. Officials say the next step is to perform a feasibility study.

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