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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