Union Pacific stockpiling land for new railway

The city showed two possible routes for the vaunted rail line in southeast Mesa. /City of Mesa 

By Scott Shumaker | East Valley Tribune  

Recent activity in southeast Mesa’s real estate market is giving signs that a vaunted rail line to boost the city’s industrial boom is far from dead.

The proposed rail spur would connect the city’s far east factories with an existing Union Pacific rail line along Rittenhouse Road in Mesa, smoothing the transportation of finished products and materials in and out of the area.

The infrastructure would help solidify the standing of Mesa’s Pecos industrial corridor as a growing industrial powerhouse and bring jobs to Mesa, proponents say.

Union Pacific Railroad officials did not respond to requests for information on the current status of the project, but four land deals over the past year suggest Union Pacific is stockpiling land for a possible alignment for the railway.

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