The WEST RAIL RELOCATION project WAS AN HISTORIC AND SIGNIFICANT ACCOMPLISHMENT FOR THE RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS AND TAMAULIPAS, MEXICO.
The West Rail was the first new international rail bridge to cross the Texas-Mexico border in over a century. The project opened up a key corridor through the City of Brownsville by utilizing the old rail right of way. The West Rail project for Brownsville, Cameron County, Texas and Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico was constructed to improve the safety and quality of life for local residents by reducing congestion and eliminating travel time delays for first responder personnel and residents during an emergency. The West Rail also greatly improved the transportation of goods and services.
The coordination of the West Rail project was extremely complex and involved more than 50 agencies on both sides of the border. The West Rail project was a result of more than 15 years of trying to solve the congestion and delays brought on by the rail crossings in the City of Brownsville. By relocating the rail line in Brownsville and Matamoros, 14 at-grade rail crossings were eliminated.
The West Rail began operations in August 2015.
Improving Safety & Quality of Life
Reduces congestion and Travel Times
by opening up a key corridor in Brownsville
Eliminates 14 Rail Crossings
by relocating 7 miles of track
by eliminating travel time delays for first responders