Expanded Service Hours Increases Rail Capacity at Union Pacific's International Rail Gateway
Omaha, Neb., May 09, 2008 Union Pacific's capacity at the Eagle Pass, Texas and Piedras Negras, Mexico, rail border crossing has increased due to an extended hours-of-operation test authorized by U.S. and Mexican customs officials.
Extending the hours that custom officials inspect rail cars began a trial period April 16, which is scheduled to conclude on July 15, 2008. During the first weekend, April 19-20, an additional 800 rail cars above the weekend average year-to-date for 2008 (67 percent higher), passed through the gateway.
"We appreciate the cooperation from customs officials in both the United States and Mexico in considering and approving our request for expanded hours," said Drew Collier, vice president - Mexico, Union Pacific. "Our performance over the last couple of weeks exceeded our expectations."
Eagle Pass is Union Pacific's second largest Mexican gateway. Union Pacific interchanges with the Ferrocarril Mexicano (Ferromex) at the Eagle Pass/Piedras Negras crossing. Finished vehicles, vehicle parts, beer and grain are the primary commodities transported to and from Mexico through this gateway.
Union Pacific is working closely with the customs agencies to continue improving rail operations at the Eagle Pass and Piedras Negras border crossing.
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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.
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