Rail project: What is it, what will it accomplish?

What: Treasure Valley Reload Center

Its function: To serve as a rail shipping point. Local producers would truck onions and other items to the center to be reloaded onto rail cars for shipment east.

Why it’s needed: Malheur County’s onion industry and county officials say the shipping center would cut costs and speed up delivery to customers.

Where it would go: The county has identified a 290-acre parcel just north of Nyssa along the Union Pacific Railroad track.

What would it cost: The county told the state the project could be built and running by next year at a cost of $26 million. The county also has indicated it is pursuing another $25 million in federal funding, but has provided no details on what . . .