Lake Charles Port: Grain Elevator To Boost Train Traffic

LAKE CHARLES, LA (AP) — Officials at the Port of Lake Charles say summer will bring more trains as the port's new grain elevator opens.

         Executive Director Bill Rase says trains operated by the port will haul more than 1 million tons of grain a year.

         He tells the American Press’ Lance Traweek that the port will operate the trains to give it more control over when they run. Rase says the port plans to avoid moving trains in and out during the morning, lunchtime and evening rush hours.

         The port will receive 100-car trains. But Rase says it has agreed to break them into two or three segments, so fewer intersections are blocked at a time.

         The port has invested about $80 million in the grain elevator and track improvements.

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