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    On October 13, 2016, Pacific Imperial Railroad, Inc. (“PIR”) filed a voluntary petition for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code in order to preserve the value of its primary asset, the 99-year Amended and Restated Desert Line Lease and Operating Agreement (“Desert Line Lease”). The Desert…

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  • Pacific Imperial Railroad Undertakes Chapter 11 Reorganization


    San Diego – Pacific Imperial Railroad (“PIR”) announced today that it has filed a voluntary petition for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code for the Southern District of California in order to facilitate the further development of its primary asset. PIR owns a long term lease…

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  • Binational Agreement Reached to Reconstruct the Desert Line Railroad

    Ceremonial first payment from Baja Rail to Pacific Imperial Railroad as part of the new Cali-Baja Joint Venture Sublease and Operating Agreement – (from L to R) Arturo Alemany, Executive Board Member, Pacific Imperial Railroad; Ron Roberts, Vice Chair, Metropolitan Transit System; Fernando Beltran, President, Baja California Railroad; Jason Vorderstrasse, Chief, Political/Economic Section, U.S. Consulate General Tijuana; Paul Jablonski, Chief Executive Officer, Metropolitan Transit System; Jerry Sanders, President & CEO, San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce

    Thursday, June 9, 2016 San Diego – An agreement has been reached to pay for the reconstruction and operation of the 70-mile Desert Line railway in southeastern San Diego County that connects Mexico maquiladoras to rail shipping in the United States. The landmark agreement between Pacific Imperial Railroad (PIR) and Baja…

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Pacific Imperial Railroad

Our mission is to meet the cross border transportation and distribution needs of the San Diego and Baja California region, including the Maquiladora industries, by providing the safest, most efficient, environmentally friendly and economical means of transportation.

According to the US Department of Transportation, the total trade value of freight moved across the US-Mexico border by truck at the Otay Mesa Port of Entry, the only one of three in the region permitting the crossing of 53’ trailers, exceeded $35 billion dollars in 2013.  Of the $35 billion, $23 billion is represented by imports carried by 769,866 trucks going northbound. The wait times at this bustling border crossing going northbound are unpredictable with truckers often sitting in lines for hours before finally being able to cross.  Once across the border, these trucks typically commute another 150 miles north to Los Angeles, battling the city’s infamous congestion and traffic, before being reaching a rail depot to unload their cargo.

These inefficiencies and unpredictable timeframes associated with these bottlenecks can spell supply-chain disaster for Tijuana’s nearly 570 world-class manufacturing facilities, which produce everything from medical devices and electronics to aerospace technology and automobiles. Upon reopening the Desert Line, Pacific Imperial Railroad anticipates handling 1,490 TEU’s daily, which is comparable to approximately 500 trucks. That means shorter wait times at the border, reduced highway gridlock, lower greenhouse gas emissions, and reduced pollution.

In fact, railroads are the most environmentally friendly way to move freight over land. On average, trains are four times more efficient than trucks. Furthermore, the industry has shown increased fuel efficiency over the years. In 2014, U.S. freight railroads moved a ton of freight 479 miles per ton of fuel- up from 235 miles in 1980. That’s a 103% improvement.