Downtown Sioux Falls Rail Yard Redevelopment

Project Update

Agreement Reached on Purchase of the Downtown Rail Yard

Negotiations have been concluded with BNSF Railway Company (BNSF) for the purchase of the downtown rail yard. The City of Sioux Falls has agreed to purchase more than 10 acres of the rail yard for $27,334,500, utilizing funds from the federal highway bill.

City of Sioux Falls and BNSF Reach Agreement on Purchase of the Downtown Rail Yard
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Downtown Sioux Falls Rail Yard Redevelopment

Welcome to the City of Sioux Falls’ website for the Downtown Sioux Falls Rail Yard Redevelopment Project. This site is the source for information related to the study of alternatives and public involvement. We encourage you to review the project materials and offer your comments, suggestions and input via our e-comment form found in the Feedback section.


To assess the feasibility of removing the rail yard out of downtown and determine options for its relocation. This would then create a redevelopment opportunity in the core part of downtown.

Environmental Assessment

Environmental Assessment
Finding of No Significant Impact

Supporting Documents

Project Milestones

Develop details on new alternative  Sept. 2012
Update Project Management Plan  Sept. 2012
Revise MOU  Sept. 2012
SHPO and Section 4(f)  Sept. 2012—April 2013
Drafting Preliminary EA  Oct. 2012—Jan. 2013
Hold Public Meeting  Jan. 31, 2013
Draft EA Completed  July 2013
Hold Public Meeting  August 14, 2013
Final EA Completed  September 26, 2013
Independent Appraisal Completed December 2014
Purchase agreement reached: July 2015
Close on property: Within eight months of executed purchase agreement
BNSF begins constructing new siding tracks: 2016
Development can begin:



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