Union Pacific Invests More than $36 Million for Track Improvements to Its Chicago-To-Villa Grove, Ill., Line
Trains to Operate More Efficiently, Resulting in Less Motorist Waiting at Crossings
Omaha, Neb., May 14, 2009 Motorists will spend less time at crossings waiting for trains to pass with trains operating more efficiently as a result of more than $36 million in track improvements made by Union Pacific Railroad to its Chicago-to-Villa Grove, Ill., line.
When the project is complete, crews will have removed and installed more than 155,000 ties, spread 74,600 tons of rock ballast to ensure a stable roadbed and renewed the road surfaces at 152 crossings. Work began on the project May 8 and is scheduled to be completed by mid August.
Union Pacific invested nearly $240 million for capital projects in Illinois in 2008.
During 2009, Union Pacific plans to invest $1.7 billion in strengthening the track infrastructure across its more than 32,000-mile system. This extensive investment in the railroad's track 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 one-third as much as trucks. Motorists also benefit from reduced congestion on America's highways since a single train can remove up to 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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