The bell on this Union Pacific train is an indication of the significance of today’s gathering at the West Rail Bridge.
“It’s an actual celebratory commemoration of a day in history that will be written down in history,” said Brownsville Mayor Tony Martinez.
“It’s 104 years since we’ve had a rail road crossing,” said Former Brownsville Commissioner Ernesto de Leon. “It’s important because it takes all of the traffic out of downtown, which was really kind of messing up the city of Brownsville and surrounding areas.”
But the new route of the West Rail Bridge will do more than simply help out locals to avoid waiting in more than 30 minutes of traffic.
This international rail crossing has been implemented to strengthen communication and commercial bonds between the U.S. and Mexico.
“President Obama and President Pena Nieto…when they launched our bilateral cooperation in 2013, they want us to visualize the vision of North America as the most competitive region in the world,” said U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker.
“We are linked by democracy between our two countries,” said U.S. C.B.P. Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske. “We are linked with shared and common values and our economies.”
Coordinating more international trade will undoubtedly build that economic relationship.
“The US and Mexico…we make things together,” said Pritzker. “And goods are often going back and forth across the border.”
“What we need is more looking forward to the positive influence of two cultures that can coexist and complete a project just like the one we’re looking at right behind us,” said Martinez.