Union Pacific Invests $21.3 Million in Los Angeles Basin Track Improvements

Project Will Upgrade Track Structure and Many Public Crossings along 43 Miles

Omaha, Neb., January 24, 2006 – Union Pacific is embarking on a three-month, $21.3 million track renewal project to upgrade and enhance its track in the Los Angeles Basin. Beginning in early February, crews will start replacing 43.3 miles of rail along Union Pacific’s right-of-way between East Los Angeles and Riverside, and resurfacing many public crossings along the route. Traffic delays could result as crews move through crossings along the route.

A major portion of the project is the replacement of wooden ties with concrete ties. More than 110,000 concrete ties will be used to anchor the new steel rail. The concrete ties will enhance track strength to better handle the nation’s growing demand for rail shipments. The concrete ties will last longer than traditional wooden ties – reducing the time needed for future track maintenance.

Union Pacific’s new track renewal train, the TRT 909, will install the new rail line. The TRT 909 installs rail and ties in one pass, and can install up to 3,000 ties in an eight-hour day. About 30 cars – each carrying 168 concrete ties – are part of the TRT. Three sets of gantry cranes move the concrete ties forward for the TRT to drop into place and the machine then threads the new rail onto the ties. The wooden ties are picked up and the discarded rail threaded out as the machine works its way down the track. A conveyor moves the removed ties into position for the gantry cranes to load them onto the cars for movement to a facility for sorting. The TRT 909 can install concrete, composite and wooden ties.

"There could be traffic delays as the TRT 909 moves along the line, and we apologize in advance," said Dave Wickersham, chief engineer-Midwest and West Regions. "However, we believe the long-term benefits will outweigh the short-term delays. Concrete ties offer superior track support, and last longer than wooden ties, which should reduce the time the track will have to be out of service for future maintenance."

Union Pacific plans to complete the project in sections to minimize disruptions. The tentative schedule is:

Date City
Feb. 2 – 3 City of Industry
Feb. 4 – 8 Walnut
Feb. 16 – 22 and March 1 – 7 Pomona
March 8 – 9 and March 16 – 23 Ontario
April 1 – 6 Riverside

A map and schedule of the renewal project are available online.

The track renewal project is expected to disrupt Metrolink service to some Riverside Line stations. Although Metrolink will provide limited buses for passengers boarding at stations where train service has been cancelled, Metrolink strongly recommends that passengers drive to the closest, most convenient station on the San Bernardino or 91 Lines. Metrolink service updates will be provided at www.metrolinktrains.com and (800) 371-LINK.

Union Pacific Corporation owns one of America’s leading transportation companies. Its principal operating company, Union Pacific Railroad, links 23 states in the western two-thirds of the country and serves the fastest-growing U.S. population centers. Union Pacific’s diversified business mix includes Agricultural Products, Automotive, Chemicals, Energy, Industrial Products and Intermodal. The railroad offers competitive long-haul routes from all major West Coast and Gulf Coast ports to eastern gateways. Union Pacific connects with Canada’s rail systems and is the only railroad serving all six major gateways to Mexico, making it North America’s premier rail franchise.

For more information, contact Lupe Valdez at (626) 935-7617.

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