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Need for reload center soars

Members of the Malheur County Development Corporation, the board that oversees the rail reload project, go over plans for the facility earlier this year. The preliminary work on the project is nearly complete. (The Enterprise/File)

ONTARIO – Demand for rail shipping services from Malheur County will be more than the proposed Nyssa project can handle, according to Greg Smith, Malheur County economic development director.

He said the county could use a depot seven times what is being planned with $26 million in state funds.

“It is a great problem for us to have,” said Smith.

He said findings in a draft economic analysis show that the reload facility as designed now would meet about a third of the traffic sought by Treasure Valley onion packers and farmers.

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