Officials in Yuma County, Ariz., are looking closely at the trade and jobs benefits that reefer rail service could give the region. The Yuma Metropolitan Planning Organization is leading the Yuma County Rail Corridor and Logistics Study, which is taking a look the county’s future trade options and ideas for maximizing what officials see as its strategic location in the world trade market.
The study won’t be completed until December, but the planning organization told officials a main idea is a new freight rail corridor connecting Yuma and Mexico to a new industrial park in San Luis and a hub in Wellton, both cities in Yuma County. The team has considered several factors, such as the kind of line it should be, current rail services and who the customer would be.
With a rail link, local produce and other commodities could be exported globally. The alternatives include a refrigerated unit train service to accommodate the transportation of fresh and frozen produce.