Rail facility plan leaps forward

By Pat Caldwell
The Enterprise
ONTARIO – Local officials will spend the next year and more than a million dollars studying whether a site north of Nyssa for a new rail reload facility will work.
The move forward comes after the Oregon Transportation Commission last week approved disbursing $1.3 million to allow the Malheur County Development Corp., - a local non-profit board set up by county officials to oversee the rail reload center – to lay the groundwork for the facility.
The money will be used for a business plan, a market analysis, site and building design, engineering and permitting, said Greg Smith, the county economic development director.
The board picked the Nyssa site over a competing location in Ontario. A total of $26 million has been set aside by the state for the reload facility. The project is considered a major economic prize for the county.
Smith said he expects . . .