Private partner to finance, build Uinta Basin Railway

The Seven County Infrastructure Coalition’s (SCIC) board voted to select Drexel Hamilton Infrastructure Partners LP for a public-private partnership to finance, develop and construct the proposed Uinta Basin Railway in Utah.

The Uinta Basin Railway is a new freight-rail line proposed by SCIC to connect the Uinta Basin to the national rail network and make it possible to economically transport goods in and out of the region, according to the project’s website.

Once in operation, Rio Grande Pacific Corp. will operate and maintain the railway, SCIC officials said in a press release.

SCIC will continue in its current role as the public partner responsible for obtaining environmental clearance and authorization from the U.S. Surface Transportation Board.

Uinta Basin’s main industries are oil and gas, agriculture and livestock and mining, officials said.

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