Pacific Imperial Railroad has been engaging partners to upgrade its Desert Line freight operations in San Diego.
In December 2012, the Delaware corporation signed a 99-year lease with the San Diego and Arizona Eastern Railway Company and the San Diego Metropolitan Transit Development Board to operate the Desert Line, which provides Pacific Imperial the sole rights to run rail freight between the border crossing San Ysidro, between the U.S. and Mexico traveling south, and the border crossing at Tecate and Division, between the U.S. and Mexico traveling north.
Since signing the lease, the short line freight railroad has been engaging engineering, financial and strategic partners to work toward upgrading the line.
Additionally, on Feb. 1, Pacific Imperial named Ernest J. Dahlman III its CEO. Dahlman founded and served as the president of Dahlman Rose & Company.