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 Pacific Imperial Railroad (PIR) and Baja California Railroad (BJRR) Sign a Memorandum of Understanding

Pacific Imperial Railroad (PIR) is pleased and honored to announce that a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been signed between Pacific Imperial Railroad and Baja California Railroad (BJRR). The signing of this agreement took place at the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System headquarters in downtown San Diego.

Several representatives from public and private entities from both the U.S. and Mexico were present at this historic signing including Karen Landers, MTS General Council and Andrew Erickson, U.S. General Consul of Tijuana. The MOU was signed by Fernando Beltran, President of BJRR; Donald Stoecklein, CEO of PIR; and Arturo Alemany, Executive Board Member of PIR.

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The signing of this agreement is historically significant, officially signaling the beginning of a new era of binational cooperation aiming to rehabilitate the entire freight rail system serving the Cali-Baja border region. This agreement comes at a time when existing freight corridors are strained and the bottlenecks at the commercial Ports of Entry in Tijuana cause unpredictable wait times for truckers. Not only will a unified binational rail line be a boon for the regional economy, but will also help reduce negative externalities such as traffic and pollution. Additionally, improvements to the Port of Ensenada will further increase the demand for freight shipping alternatives in the region.

The line on the Mexico side starts near the San Ysidro border crossing in Tijuana, and winds it's way through the city's maquiladora clusters, which include nearly 570 world class manufacturing facilities. Leadership from both PIR and BJRR acknowledged the tremendous potential associated with serving Tijuana's maquiladoras. The Pacific Imperial Railroad team is excited about the future of shipping freight across the border with their new partners, Baja California Railroad.

Source: Pacific Imperial Railroad

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