With the greater Austin area expected to double in the next 20 years, the demand for rail freight tonnage will increase and RCR Rail Co is prepared to expand and grow as needed. Taylor is now a part of that growth. RCR Rail Co. has broken ground and construction is underway for a 750-acre rail park, RCR Taylor Logistics Park, which will be a dual Class I rail-served industrial park ideally located west of Taylor to serve manufacturing, storage and logistics industries of central Texas offering direct access to Union Pacific and BNSF Rail lines, State Highway 130, Interstate 35 and State Hwy 79. “RCR are great people to work with and they’ll be a great addition to the community,” said Mark Thomas, CEO of the Taylor Economic Development Corporation. “They’re very committed to the community, and we’re committed, as the economic development organization, to help them be successful and build this park up with quality companies.” The park will serve as a logistics hub for the area, and will assist companies in Travis and Williamson counties, the greater Austin area and other localities increase productivity and accessibility with unrestricted access. The park is capable of handling multiple, non-hazardous commodities and can be customized to fit customers’ needs through transloading, manifest and unit train services for both Class I railroads. Thomas said the scale of the rail park, 750-acres, is to target distribution, transportation, manufacturing and similar types of users. “By having it be rail served that is a huge benefit because it’s so costly to put the rail in and create a rail park,” he said. “The projects that go in there will probably need to have rail service.” According to a press release from RCR, clients currently considering RCR Taylor Logistics Park are national and international grade firms looking to consolidate to central Texas. “Rail is a major player for corporations looking to move product effectively and in large quantities and RCR Taylor Logistics Park will allow industrial users to be closer to the population they serve while taking advantage of the significant cost savings of rail transit,” the press release stated.