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Intermodal
Port of Tucson
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
   
Why has UP decided to open a new intermodal ramp in Tucson?
What kind of capacity does the Port of Tucson offer?
What will happen to the current Phoenix intermodal facility, service and rates offered in the Phoenix market?
When will the Port of Tucson open?
What kind of service schedules will UP offer to and from the Tucson market?
If I ship out of Phoenix now, how will this change affect my business, and how will my schedule change?
Will Port of Tucson make it easier to ship in and out of Mexico?
Will Union Pacific ship between California and Phoenix/Tucson?
Why should I use Union Pacific Intermodal, instead of shipping over-the-road?
Are storage rules the same at this private ramp in Tucson?
Does my Interchange Agreement include the Tucson Facility?
Where is the Port of Tucson located?
Who should I call for Union Pacific service at Port of Tucson?
What is the billing station name?
   

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Why has UP decided to open a new intermodal ramp in Tucson?
Recent market studies reveal that the significant growth in the Tucson/Nogales/Mexico market will continue. Intermodally susceptible traffic in this region is estimated to be up to 150,000 loads annually. Business from the Mexican Maquiladoras is estimated to offer the greatest outbound opportunity, enabled by the Port of Tucson's location in a foreign trade zone. The Port of Tucson will allow UP to offer faster and more consistent service to and from the major gateway points of Chicago, Memphis, St. Louis and Kansas City.

 

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What kind of capacity does the Port of Tucson offer?
The Port of Tucson is a 30-acre facility with the ability to spot 10 doublestack cars. It has an expansion capability of up to 100 acres and will have a 75,000 annual lift capacity when fully-developed.

 

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What will happen to the current Phoenix intermodal facility, service and rates offered in the Phoenix market?
To expand our service in the greater Phoenix/Tucson/Nogales market, Union Pacific will undergo the following changes:

  • On May 1, Union Pacific opened Tucson intermodal service, offering improved service to both Tucson and Phoenix customers. Most Phoenix SCQs will remain unchanged, allowing customers to continue to ship under
    current quotes.
  • On June 1, Union Pacific will launch Phoenix Express (“Paper Ramp”) service to and from Phoenix, to improve service to our Phoenix customers. Phoenix Express service will be days faster than current Phoenix rail service, with rates slightly higher to reflect the value of faster transit and improved service levels.

 

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When will the Port of Tucson open?
The Port of Tucson opened on May 1, 2004.

 

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What kind of service schedules will UP offer to and from the Tucson market?
Eastbound and westbound service will be available six days a week, offering consistent 4th and 5th morning delivery to and from major gateway points, an improvement over the current Phoenix service. As the business grows, intermodal trains could directly serve the Port of Tucson, improving transit times by a full day.

 

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If I ship out of Phoenix now, how will this change affect my business, and how will my schedule change?
Your schedule will not change. You may continue to use Phoenix service or, you may choose the Port of Tucson depending on origin dray cost through May 2004. On June 1, 2004, Union Pacific will launch a new Phoenix outreach program to improve service to Phoenix customers. This service will include a ramp to door service in the greater Phoenix market. Details of the new service will be made available in the near future.

 

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Will Port of Tucson make it easier to ship in and out of Mexico?
Yes! By improving access into Union Pacific’s network, transportation destinations are within closer reach than ever before. Tucson’s close proximity to the U.S. - Mexico border will enable faster turn-around for shipments from Mexico.

 

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Will Union Pacific ship between California and Phoenix/Tucson?
While there initially will not be California service to and from Port of Tucson, Union Pacific is planning to offer this in the near future.

 

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Why should I use Union Pacific Intermodal, instead of shipping over-the-road?
Union Pacific Intermodal has the availability of EMP equipment in both 53' and 48', at rates that over-the-road trucks simply cannot beat.

 

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Are storage rules the same at this private ramp in Tucson?
Yes, the same regulations apply at the Port of Tucson as do at other Union Pacific ramps.

 

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Does my Interchange Agreement include the Tucson Facility?
Yes, the Port of Tucson will be another in the long list of quality intermodal facilities ready to serve local and interline traffic.

 

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Where is the Port of Tucson located?
The Port of Tucson is located in southeast Tucson, about one mile from I-10, and is part of a 264-acre industrial park.
Hours of operation: Monday through Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday: 8 a.m. to Noon, Sunday: Closed
Phone number: (520) 574-1320
Fax number: (520) 574-1331
Contact: Jason Fata, Operations Manager

Directions From Interstate 10:

  • Exit at #270 (Kolb Road)
  • Go north on Kolb Road 1.5 miles.
  • Be in left lane as you go up and over UP mainline tracks.
  • Turn left onto Century Park Drive.
  • Go down to third driveway entrance on your left (south side of road).
  • Turn left into driveway entrance past “6964” building on right.
  • Turn right just after building.
  • Yard entrance will be directly in front of you.

Directions From Valencia Road:

  • Turn onto Kolb heading south.
  • Go for approximately 0.9 miles & be in right lane.
  • Turn right onto Century Park Drive.
  • Go down to third driveway entrance on your left (south side of road).
  • Turn left into driveway entrance past “6964” building on right.
  • Turn right just after building.
  • Yard entrance will be directly in front of you.

 

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Who should I call for Union Pacific service at Port of Tucson?
For additional information please contact your Regional Sales Manager.

 

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What is the billing station name?
Tucson.