City set to get rail terminal, Industrial park

Bayou Buzz

An $11.3 million rail terminal and industrial park is coming to a Port Allen site of more than 200 acres south of the Old Mississippi River Bridge, officials announced Friday.

Texas-based USA Rail Terminals said its project will create 43 direct jobs in the Baton Rouge area.

The facility will handle unit train shipments as well as single-car loads, officials said.

The same company announced plans 11 months ago to open a major rail terminal near the West Texas town of Sweetwater.

“A rail terminal of this magnitude will be a huge asset to the Baton Rouge area,” said Adam Knapp, president and chief executive officer of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber.

He said USA Rail is creating infrastructure with the flexibility to accommodate all types of rail cargo.

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