Pacific Imperial Railroad, the line that plans to restore freight rail services between the Tijuana-Tecate region of Baja California with Plaster City, Calif., has named David Arganbright its senior vice president of corporate development.
Arganbright has nearly 30 years of railroad experience in multiple roles with Class 1 railroads, Amtrak, and short line railroads. In his last railroad job, Arganbright served RailAmericaas vice president of government affairs.
“I am excited to participate in this bold new venture to repurpose a 100-year-old rail line to serve the demands of modern industry,” Arganbright said in a statement.
In December 2012, Pacific Imperial Railroad signed a long-term lease with San Diego and Arizona Eastern Railway Co. and the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System. This lease allows PIR to operate the Desert Line between the U.S.-Mexico border crossing at Division, Calif., and the Union Pacific Railroad at Plaster City.
PIR has contracted with J. L. Patterson & Associates Inc. to conduct a comprehensive engineering study of the line as part of a significant investment to restore train operations on the line. The Desert Line was last active in 2008.
The intent of the line is to enhance rail service to the dense manufacturing clusters south of the border and connect them with their U.S. customers and suppliers.