Board reviews five possible county rail transportation sites

By Pat Caldwell
The Enterprise
ONTARIO – The new county development board is scoring five sites to pick the best location for a new rail shipping center after railroad officials said that all sites could work.
Members of the board of the Malheur Economic Development Corp. recently toured two sites near Ontario and three near Nyssa with representatives of Union Pacific Railroad.
“All five of them are acceptable to UP,” said Greg Smith, county economic development director.
Malheur County is in line to get up to $26 million from the state to build the rail center.
At such a facility, farm products are trucked in and then loaded onto special trains that can make a run to the east coast in a matter of days.
Each train holds several hundred truckloads of goods, lowering freight costs and allowing faster delivery.
The center, which could employ up to 125 people, is expected . . .