Southwest Gulf Railroad Begins Construction On The Medina Line
HONDO, Texas, Sept. 24, 2017 : Southwest Gulf Railroad Company (SGRR) has officially broken ground on The Medina Line, a common carrier railroad located approximately 30 miles west of San Antonio.Expected to be complete in 2019, the 9-mile line will help customers leverage SGRR's unique access to the Union Pacific (UP) and Burlington Northern and Santa Fe (BNSF) railroads as well as U.S. Route 90 to serve growing markets in Texas and beyond.
"The Medina Line represents a timely opportunity for employers to enhance their supply and distribution capabilities to better serve the growing economy," said Erik Remmert, Vice President of SGRR. "We're marketing a low-cost, convenient connection to the regional, national and global marketplace."
The existing limestone quarry at the northern end of the line operated by SGRR parent Vulcan Materials Company will serve as The Medina Line's initial, anchor customer.
"Medina County is strategically positioned to tap into the underlying strength of the Texas economy and the rebuilding of our nation's infrastructure," said Jeff Lott, Southwest Division President at Vulcan Materials Company. "With the continuing recovery creating demand for construction materials in Texas and the Gulf Coast, The Medina Line will better connect the Vulcan Medina Quarry and other customers to serve the market while creating local jobs and economic opportunity here in Medina County."
"For Medina County, this is just the start of an economic engine that will generate new jobs, new tax revenues and spur economic growth for Texas," said Remmert. "Interest from prospective customers and employers is strong, and that's exciting to see."
Incorporated in 2003, SGRR is a subsidiary of Vulcan Materials Company, the nation's largest producer of construction aggregates and a major producer of other construction materials. The U.S. Surface Transportation Board in 2008 granted SGRR the authority to build and operate The Medina Line.