Union Pacific Railroad Invests More Than $4 Million for Track Improvements to Its Line from Near Hudson, Wis., to Near Menomonie Jct., Wis.
Omaha, Neb., October 25, 2010 Union Pacific Railroad will improve Wisconsin's transportation infrastructure by investing more than $4 million to improve the rail line that runs from near Hudson, Wis., to near Menomonie Jct., Wis.
Work on the more than 16-mile stretch of railroad track began August 1 and is scheduled to be completed by mid December.
The project includes removing and installing 16 miles of rail, replacing 26 grade crossing surfaces and installing six switches – the machines that guide a train from one track to another.
Union Pacific plans to spend approximately $2.6 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. Improved and additional 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.
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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. 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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