Crossing Improvement Updates Available via Toll-Free Telephone Number

Union Pacific Railroad Continues $38 Million Track Projects on Two Area Main Lines

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LA Vicinity Track Improvements

Omaha, Neb., February 06, 2007 – Union Pacific Railroad today established a toll-free telephone number to update motorists about temporary crossing closings in the Los Angeles Basin.

The toll-free telephone number, (800) 269-2059, will be updated regularly to provide motorists with information in both English and Spanish regarding when crossings will be closed temporarily to renew crossing surfaces.  Plans are to keep the toll-free number accessible to residents in the Los Angeles Basin during future major Union Pacific improvement projects that may impact motorists.

"We hope the residents in the communities where our crews are working to improve the crossing surfaces will find the toll-free telephone updates helpful in planning any detours they may have to take," said Lupe Valdez, director – public policy. "All of us at Union Pacific apologize for the traffic and Metrolink delays that may occur while these necessary track maintenance projects are under way."
 
Union Pacific crews completed the first part of the $38 million track improvement project on the line between Mira Loma and Pedley in mid-January.  Work is now being done on the line between Hobart – in E. Los Angeles near E. Washington and S. Downey Rd. – and Diamond Bar, also known as Metrolinks’ Riverside Line, going through the communities of Pico Rivera, Hacienda Heights and Montebello. This work is scheduled to be completed on February 23.  Crews will then start working on the line that parallels Metrolinks’ San Bernardino Line between El Monte and Marne – just west of UP’s City of Industry rail yard, going through the communities of Bassett and La Puente, beginning March 1 and scheduled to be finished on March 16.

When the projects are completed, crews will have installed more than 93,000 concrete ties; spread 110,000 tons of rock ballast to ensure a stable roadbed; replaced the surfaces at 18 road crossings; replaced 33 turnouts that guide a train from one track to another; replaced 36 miles of straight rail and replaced 1,800 feet of rail in various curves on the lines.

Most of these projects will be completed by Union Pacific’s track renewal train, the TRT 909.  The TRT 909 installs rail and concrete ties in one pass, and can install up to 5,000 ties in a twelve-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 worn 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.

Last year, Union Pacific invested $21.3 million replacing 43.3 miles of rail and ties along its right of way between East Los Angeles and Riverside, and resurfacing many public crossings along the route.
These improvements are part of Union Pacific’s annual program to maintain its track across its more than 32,400-mile system.

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