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Union Pacific Railroad Invests $5.5 Million for Track Improvements to Its Line from Missouri Valley to Onawa, Iowa

Omaha, Neb., April 05, 2010 – Union Pacific will improve part of Iowa's transportation infrastructure with a $5.5 million investment to its rail line that runs from Missouri Valley to Onawa, Iowa.

The project includes removing and installing nearly 48,000 ties. Crews also will spread more than 16,500 tons of rock ballast to ensure a stable roadbed and renew the roadway surfaces at 42 crossings. The tie replacement portion began April 1 and is scheduled to be completed May 1.  The crossing surface renewal projects will be completed in mid-June.

Union Pacific plans to spend approximately $2.5 billion in 2010 to support America's current and future freight transportation needs and enhance the safety and efficiency of the railroad's 32,000-mile network. Investment in rail capacity benefits everyone.  It allows freight rail service to grow, helping to build a cleaner environment. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, freight trains are nearly four times more fuel efficient than trucks. Motorists also benefit from reduced congestion on highways as a single Union Pacific 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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