Union Pacific to Build New Staging Tracks in Tempe
Construction Addresses Community Concerns
Omaha, Neb., March 3, 2006 Union Pacific Railroad today announced it has selected a location in Tempe, Ariz., for construction of two new staging tracks. Located along Union Pacific’s branch line between Baseline and Guadalupe Roads, east of Kyrene Road, the new tracks will support the growing freight shipping needs of Tempe-area businesses.
"We carefully weighed public and employee safety, as well as our ability to efficiently serve our Tempe customers, in arriving at this decision," said Tom Jacobi, Union Pacific Railroad regional vice president operations-Western Region.
Union Pacific was considering building the tracks between 13th Street and Broadway, farther north on the branch line. After analysis and meetings with Tempe elected officials, the Baseline/Guadalupe location, an area surrounded by land that is zoned for industrial use, was determined a more suitable location to address both community concerns and operation efficiency.
Crews are scheduled to begin construction of the two 2,500-foot tracks in April. Each track will be capable of temporarily staging 28 cars for the railroad’s nearly 20 customers in the Tempe area. Completion is expected in late June.
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