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UP-donated rail inspection building opens in Texas town

On Wednesday, Union Pacific Railroad officials and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) representatives marked the opening of a new rail inspection building in Eagle Pass, Texas. UP funded and built the $800,000 facility, then donated it to CBP.

The building will provide CBP officers a one-stop location to process information and inspect incoming cross-border trains. Officers previously traveled from the Eagle Pass-Piedras Negras International Bridge to a 30-foot trailer to inspect trains.

For years, UP’s special agents and K-9 teams have worked with CBP officers to prevent illegal drugs and unauthorized train riders from entering the United States. The Class I also has constructed buildings and inspection towers at several other railroad border crossings for CBP, UP said.

Eagle Pass is one of the fastest-growing Mexican gateways, according to UP. The Class I also enters and exits Mexico through gateways in Brownsville, El Paso and Laredo, Texas; Nogales, Ariz.; and Calexico, Calif.

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