Union Pacific Invests More than $11 Million for Track Improvements to Its Line from Grand Junction, Colo. -To-Helper, Utah
Trains to Operate More Efficiently, Resulting in Less Motorist Waiting at Crossings
Omaha, Neb., April 09, 2009 Motorists will spend less time at crossings waiting for trains to pass with trains operating more efficiently as a result of the nearly $11 million in track improvements made by Union Pacific Railroad to its line from Grand Junction, Colo.-to-Helper, Utah.
When the project is complete, crews will have removed and installed 75,600 ties, spread 17,000 tons of rock ballast to ensure a stable roadbed, renewed the road surfaces at 20 crossings and installed nearly three miles of new rail in various curves. Crews replaced the rail in the curves in February, 2009 between the Colorado/Utah border and Helper, Utah. A second crew is replacing the ties and crossing surfaces from Grand Junction, Colo., to about eight miles west of the Colorado border at Westwater, Utah, beginning April 9. This project is scheduled to be completed by the end of May.
Union Pacific invested nearly $43 million for capital projects in Colorado, and $47 million in Utah, during 2008.
During 2009, Union Pacific plans to invest $1.8 billion in strengthening the track infrastructure across its more than 32,000-mile system. This extensive investment in the railroad'strack helps ensure Union Pacific has the capability to offer quality, safe and cost-effective service to meet its customers' current and future transportation needs.
Improved and additional rail capacity benefits everyone. It allows freight rail service to grow, helping to build a cleaner environment - freight train emissions are two-thirds less than trucks. Motorists also benefit from reduced congestion on America's highways since a single train can remove about 300 trucks off our roads.
About Union Pacific
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. Union Pacific serves many of the fastest-growing U.S. population centers and provides Americans with a fuel-efficient, environmentally responsible and safe mode of freight transportation. Union Pacific's diversified business mix includes Agricultural Products, Automotive, Chemicals, Energy, Industrial Products and Intermodal. The railroad emphasizes excellent customer service and offers competitive 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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