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August 21, 1997 | CHRIS KRAUL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The reopening of the 78-year-old San Diego & Arizona Railroad--a longtime goal of San Diego and Tijuana boosters who seek a direct railroad link to the Eastern United States--has been given new life by the privatization of Mexico's national railroad. Though the proposal is fraught with obstacles, the Mexican government is auctioning off a lease to operate the 44-mile Baja California portion of the line, a concession that should set in motion the financing needed to complete a rail corridor.
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August 21, 1997 | CHRIS KRAUL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The reopening of the 78-year-old San Diego & Arizona Railroad--a longtime goal of San Diego and Tijuana boosters who seek a direct railroad link to the Eastern United States--has been given new life by the privatization of Mexico's national railroad. Though the proposal is fraught with obstacles, the Mexican government is auctioning off a lease to operate the 44-mile Baja California portion of the line, a concession that should set in motion the financing needed to complete a rail corridor.
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November 7, 1997
Rep. Bob Filner (D-San Diego) wants to reopen a washed-out stretch of the San Diego & Arizona Eastern Railroad that would link Arizona businesses to San Diego's port instead of Los Angeles/Long Beach. Railtex Corp. of San Antonio has been operating limited freight service along the western part of the 110-mile line. The eastern part was washed out years ago. The line would cost up to $123.6 million to modernize. Filner is seeking congressional support to make the project more feasible.
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October 16, 1997 | Chris Kraul
An investment group led by Mexican construction firm Grupo Morphy has won the bidding for a 25-year lease to operate the 44-mile Tijuana-Tecate railroad line in Baja California, outbidding a rival group led by RailTex of San Antonio, which has operated the link since 1984. Grupo Morphy, lead investor in the entity called Medios de Comunicacion y Transporte de Tijuana, outbid the RailTex group by more than 4 to 1, offering $78.
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November 13, 1990 | GREG JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In 1984, the San Diego & Arizona Eastern Railroad had a dismal future. Its freight-hauling business was deteriorating, and operating costs were increasing on the line that runs from San Diego County to Imperial Valley. San Francisco-based Kyle Railroads had made money for a few years after taking over the line from the Southern Pacific in 1978. But, by 1984, the railroad's track was deteriorating and its customer base was shrinking.
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