A board agreed Thursday to loan $500,000 to West Texas & Lubbock Railway to pay for rail line improvements in and outside the city.
The Levelland Economic Development Corporation approved a letter of intent on the issue after meeting in executive session for more than 30 minutes.
The action was taken because of concerns about the condition of the rail line/bed from Mile Marker No. 24 – by Farmers Co-op Compress – to a point five miles further west.
‘The rail road and the EDC have identified a public safety issue,’ said Shawn Kirkpatrick, executive director.
Improvements to the line, including spikes and ties, will upgrade the rail track to a Class 1 status. That will allow WTLC to travel through the corridor at 10 mph and transport an unlimited number of hazardous material rail cars.
Currently, WTLC is limited to five hazardous material rail cars per round trip, resulting in three to four round trips every other day. The upgrade will reduce that to a single round trip every other day.