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TRUCKING & FREIGHTING
In early 2017, Texas Pacifico is expecting to bid the work and begin construction within the first half of the year. "We
believe it will take 10 months to one
year to build," Diaz-Page notes. "It is out
there in the middle of nowhere supplies-wise with the closest mayor cities
being a couple hundred miles away. We
hope to have the bridge ready in 2018."
Texas Pacifico sees the Presidio-Ojinaga International Bridge as the shortest connection between two regions:
Chihuahua and Dallas/Fort Worth. "It's
the quickest and shortest way to move,"
Diaz-Page says. "There are some ports in
the Pacific Coast of Mexico that would
work well for traffic. That's an educated
guess based on asking customers if they
want to move commodities with us. We
have received a positive reaction. We

hope the bridge will be a better option
for many people."
Offering Opportunity
Texas Pacifico is owned by Mexico City,
Mexico-based Grupo Mexico, the largest mining corporation in the country
and the third-largest copper producer
in the world. "Once we have the bridge
built, I think this will be the only one
that has the same company on both
sides offering real seamless interchanges," Diaz-Page says.
The bridge runs through less inhabited towns and Diaz-Page says it should
boost the local economies and create
jobs. Texas Pacifico currently employs
54 people and outsources a majority
of its services, including maintenance
of way, IT, legal and dispatch. "I think

with the commodity diversification the
bridge should bring things that will be
different," he adds. "Our operations will
almost double when we begin to move
more than 50,000 cars annually."
Moving forward, Texas Pacifico sees
the Presidio-Ojinaga International
Bridge as its starting point. "In three
years, so many other things need to be
taken care of," Diaz-Page says. "The
bridge won't solve everything. We have
to rehab the track, continue our marketing effort, develop new customers and
services, and understand which routes
we will connect - Chihuahua to Dallas
is one. There is a lot of work that has to
be done, so many rules to comply with,
so many entities to visit and talk to and
conditions to be met. It's fun, but I hope
not to build another in my life."

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