Funding approved for rail feasibility study

At Monday’s Commissioner’s Court meeting, the commissioners approved the award of a contract for $282,282 with CPCS Transcom Inc. to conduct a Fort Hood Multi-Modal Rail/Truck Facility Feasibility Study. The reason for this study is to determine the feasibility of establishing a joint civilian/military use multi-modal truck/rail cargo transfer facility on land leased from Fort Hood to a public/private partnership.

The Department of Defense $270,000 grant has been received to fund the study which is sponsored by Coryell County and co-sponsored by the City of Copperas Cove. The commissioners also approved a revised interagency agreement between Central Texas Council of Governments and Coryell County to allow for the distribution of federal funds to support the study which should be concluded by December 15. CPCS Transcom Inc. is a management consulting firm providing strategic advisory services specific to transportation and power infrastructure.

Judge John Firth informed the court that the study completion date coincided perfectly with a new authority the House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee included in its fiscal 2019 defense authorization bill. The bill would establish the Defense Community Infrastructure Program which would allow the Department of Defense to award grants to states and local governments to address infrastructure projects located “outside of military installations but which support military installations.”

 

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