Union Pacific Invests Nearly $27 Million for Track Improvements to Its Benton-to-Gorham, Ill., Line
Trains to Operate More Efficiently, Resulting in Less Wait Time at Crossings
Omaha, Neb., July 13, 2009 Trains will run more efficiently and motorists will spend less time at crossings as a result of nearly $27 million in track improvements made by Union Pacific Railroad to its Benton-to-Gorham, Ill., line.
When the project is complete, crews will have removed and installed nearly 43,000 ties and more than 32 miles of rail, spread nearly 20,300 tons of rock ballast to ensure a stable roadbed, replaced eight switches, the machines that guide a train from one track to another, and renewed road surfaces at 62 crossings. Work began replacing the rail June 26 and is scheduled to be completed by mid-August. The ties will be replaced in October. Crossing surface replacement began in May and is scheduled to be completed in September.
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 trains are four times more fuel efficient than 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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