Union Pacific Railroad Makes Improvements to Its Tracks Between St. Louis and Kansas City
Omaha, Neb., March 8, 2006 Union Pacific Railroad is spending $32 million this year on track improvements between St. Louis and Kansas City, Mo., in an effort to enhance safety and to improve train velocity on this highly used rail corridor.
Crews are removing and installing 182,000 ties; spreading more than 258,000 tons of rock ballast to ensure a stable roadbed; replacing the surfaces at 173 road crossings and rail in curves. Work began in February and is scheduled to be completed by November. Many of the improvements are being made to track between Sedalia and Pleasant Hill and Kirkwood and Hermann. This work will mean delays for Amtrak trains.
"We appreciate the patience of Amtrak customers while Union Pacific completes these necessary track maintenance projects to further enhance our safe operations across Missouri," said Randy Blackburn, Union Pacific Railroad regional vice president operations for the Central Region.
Union Pacific operates about 50 freight trains and Amtrak operates two eastbound and two westbound trains a day across Missouri.
The track maintenance program will impact Amtrak passenger trains schedules operating between St. Louis and Kansas City, Mo., and an alternate service plan is being developed by Amtrak. For more schedule information, contact 1-800-USA-RAIL.
Jobs at Union Pacific
Currently, Union Pacific has job openings at many locations throughout its 23-state operating system. Opportunities are available in train service, skilled disciplines (e.g., diesel mechanics and electricians) and management. Interested applicants are encouraged to visit www.up.com and click on "Jobs at UP."
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Union Pacific Corporation owns one of America’s leading transportation companies. Its principal operating company, Union Pacific Railroad, is the largest railroad in North America, covering 23 states across the western two-thirds of the United States. A strong focus on quality and a strategically advantageous route structure enable the company to serve customers in critical and fast growing markets. It is a leading carrier of low-sulfur coal used in electrical power generation and has broad coverage of the large chemical-producing areas along the Gulf Coast. With competitive long-haul routes between all major West Coast ports and eastern gateways, and as the only railroad to serve all six major gateways to Mexico, Union Pacific has the premier rail franchise in North America.
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