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Gov. Perry Announces Opening of Expanded Corpus Christi Port Rail Facility

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Location: Corpus Christi, TX


Gov. Perry Announces Opening of Expanded Corpus Christi Port Rail Facility

Facility to Double Loading Capacity for Military Ships, Better Support Troops Overseas

CORPUS CHRISTI - Gov. Rick Perry today announced the opening of the newly-expanded military rail facility at the Port of Corpus Christi.

"Military vessels will soon be able to double their ship-loading capacity, significantly cutting down on the time it takes to get out of port," Perry said. "As one of the busiest strategic military deployment ports in America, that is great news not just for the troops defending freedom across the globe, but also for those of us back home who cherish the freedom they secure."

Perry announced last year that the state would provide $5.2 million to improve rail capacity at the port to ensure soldiers could deploy more quickly and those already in harm's way could get their supplies sooner. About 40 percent of all military equipment shipped overseas moves through the ports of Corpus and Beaumont.

"With new military deployments already announced, such as the thousands of soldiers who will depart for Iraq from this port through October, our ability to speed up ship traffic of all kinds is more important than ever," Perry said. "I am proud that this rail expansion will help Texas continue the tradition of supporting the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces."

The improvements were also designed to boost Corpus Christi's reputation as an important commercial hub in North America.

"With this additional rail capacity, employers in the region who use the port will be able to move their products to the marketplace faster, creating the potential for private business expansion and job growth," Perry said. "And on top of that, this project will make the Coastal Bend more attractive to employers from outside the area who are looking for a place to expand."

http://www.governor.state.tx.us/divisions/press/pressreleases/PressRelease.2006-06-29.2815

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