SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Pacific Imperial Railroad, Inc. (PIR) announced today that it has entered into a Construction Agreement with Watkins Environmental, Inc., a California corporation (“Watkins”). Under the agreement, Watkins will provide needed reconstruction concurrent with the inspections provided by JL Patterson and Associates, which cover 57 bridges, inspect 17 tunnels and approximately 70 miles of track, in compliance with PIR’s agreement with the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) and PIR’s plan to commence operations in 2014.
“The recent developments with JL Patterson and Watkins represent important steps toward effectuating an operational rail system on the Desert Line,” said PIR President Donald J. Stoecklein.
Damon Barone, Chief Operating Officer of Watkins, stated, “We have been working with PIR for some time now in its planning stages in regard to the reconstruction of the Desert Line, and we are extremely excited to begin working with JL Patterson, a recognized leader in rail transportation engineering.”
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Headquartered in San Diego, Calif., Watkins provides remediation, demolition and construction management throughout the Western United States to a variety of clients ranging from the education, medical, financial, municipal, industrial and commercial industries, most notably the Department of Defense. (www.watkinsenviro.com)
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PIR signed a 99-year lease with San Diego and Arizona Eastern Railway Company (SD&AE) and San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) in December 2012. Upon completion of the planned reconstruction, PIR will be the only company providing railroad freight services on the Desert Line, servicing the Tijuana-Tecate region of Baja California, Mexico and eastern San Diego County. In total, the railway system, including the 70 miles of the Desert Line, is approximately 130 miles long, consisting of track incorporating over 57 bridges and 22 tunnels. The rail line joins BNSF and San Diego and Imperial Valley Railroads at the southwesterly tip of San Diego County, USA with the UP Line from El Centro, California. It is the only rail line that runs directly adjacent to approximately 755 manufacturing facilities (known as maquiladoras), or the Maquilatropolis®, which is approximately 14 miles south of the U.S.-Mexico border.