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Union Pacific tells city of plans for rail facility

railyardNearly a month after it agreed to purchase the 160 acres surrounding the Tesla auto plant, Union Pacific shared its plans with city officials.

And, as expected, it wasn’t what the city wanted to hear.

Union Pacific said it planned to use both parcels to service its freight business, City Manager Fred Diaz said. The railroad still doesn’t know exactly what it plans to build. The only example given at the meeting was an inter-modal rail yard, which would mean a lot trains and a lot of trucks.

Diaz said the city shared its plans for making transforming the site into a center for clean energy companies, and asked Union Pacific could partner with the city. Union Pacific said it couldn’t, Diaz said.

Still unclear what will become of the on-going federally-funded land use study for the area.

Matt Artz

  • Martin

    Let’s see….First, I have a job to do (that is paid for by the citizens of Fremont) and I can also use Federal money to “study something” Wow, should I abmit that I’m not willing to put in the effort or that I don’t really care…..heck no, in this economy I need every penny because soon enough I might be out of work . Second, no one is paying attention anyway, so why do something when I can do nothing and still get paid a nice salary with benefits, the only drawback is that I have to go to meetings and actually..you know…vote on stuff.
    I thought I’d throw some humor at it because it’s just rediculous (? spell check). In the private sector pink slips would be appropriate.

  • bbox231

    “Still unclear what will become of the on-going federally-funded land use study for the area.”

    Not as absorbent as, say, Handi-wipes but does anyone else have a better idea ? Kinda like the Centerville fiasco – - more time, effort and monehy frittered away – golly gee – oh well.

    “The railroad still doesn’t know exactly what it plans to build.”

    That’s very odd indeed, because there’s ALL KINDS of assurances in this venue of what WILL be built.

    “Nearly a month after it agreed to purchase the 160 acres surrounding the Tesla auto plant, Union Pacific shared its plans with city officials.”

    Isn’t this, in part, an indictment of our lack of relationship with UP ? It’s a little like the salesman walking in to my office and saying “Gee, we lost the contract to a major account, but there wasn’t anything we could do about it because they never told us anything.”

    In both examples, the unasked question is – “Who’s job is it to cultivate a relationship which insures we are not unaware of significant actions – - until after the fact ?”

  • Anon101

    And the answer Bbox231 is: City Manager Mr. Fred Diaz.

    It really is Karma for Mr. Diaz: what goes around – comes around!

    He was bull-headed dealing with NUMMI (and with everyone else) by ignoring their concerns about the A’s in Warm Springs and hiding the whole idea until after an election – and now the property is being sold without the city knowing a thing about it!

    And how about those federal dollars going for what?

  • West

    The future of transportation is Rail. The cost of fuel to deliver commoditires by truck is very expensive fuel (Diesel), about $3.45 with the cost going to $5.00 dollars a gallon. These cost for a truck load makes it very expensive per pound of frieght and has to be added to the products value.
    The cost of fuel to deliver commodities by train is very small per pound of frieght.
    I think Fremont Union Pacific Freight Yard is going to be very busy distributing containers from Oakland Docks. This will help them alleviate there toxic problem with diesel fuel in Oakland.

  • Relatively new to Fremont

    Fred Diaz was asleep at the wheel on this.

    These parcels aren’t in a redevelopment zone? Here is where imminent domain could have played a beneficial role to the community.

  • Relatively new to Fremont

    Fred Diaz was asleep at the wheel on this.

    These parcels aren’t in a redevelopment zone? Here is where eminent domain could have played a beneficial role to the community.

  • whtsmsg?

    Have I been dreaming or simply out of step?? Am I hearing that the last year+ of General Plan updating, inclusive of the last 6 months Bart Station Development Plan, all occured w/o Fremont even owning the land??? Really?? ..And how much was paid to Perkins & Will, the consultants? And how much city employee time was dedicated to a hypothetical possibility? There is a normal progression of things. This one seems wa-a-ay backwards to this resident. Again, common sense was where? B follows A. Not rocket science.

  • whtsmsg?

    Re: Remarks by West…Railyards, historically and currently, are used for storage and transfer. These containers often carry hazerdous materials used in agriculture and other concerns. Placing this type of facility in an urban corrider, adjacent to a residential area, is irresponsible. This area is a current travel hub representing one of the most congested traffic areas in the bay area (as in gridlock). Increasing this situation w/additional truck traffic is irresponsible. The liabilities are enormous…as well as the dangers.