Construction begins on $2.1 million train expansion in Big Spring

BIG SPRING, Texas (Local 2/Fox 24) - As trains roll into Big Spring, businesses come and go moving their items from carts. However, a new expansion is looking to make a huge difference.

"For the last four to five years, we have expanded that substantially, to the tune of about $5 million," says Terry Wegman, the executive director of the Big Spring Economic Development Corporation.

Recently, construction has started for the next phase, a $2 million project to add four new tracks to the airpark. They also plan to add new railing into new, undeveloped land for future use.

"We had as many as 400 carts on the airpark, which was pretty much capacity and hard to operate," says Wegman. "This will give us a lot more capacity, and a lot more opportunity to attract business."

Located right off I-20, Big Spring is a major area for train travel, which is big for business.

"They are all looking to locate in the Permian Basin, and we are at the crossroads," says Rick Boiles, the terminal manager for Big Spring Rail. "So we are going to give them better ways to serve their customers. They bring it in by rail, and we will be able to take it out and give it to them by truck."

As the tracks start to get laid down, it's still a long process before everything is completed. However, Big Spring is ready for the benefits this new expansion could bring.

"It's overall going to be good for the new airpark, because we are going to be bringing in new customers. So we are looking forward to it happening," says Boiles.

Construction on the tracks is planned to last for around five months.


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