Union Pacific Railroad Completes $16 Million Crossing Sign Project

Omaha, Neb., October 6, 2005 – Union Pacific Railroad has completed a four-year, $16 million project to install new, high reflective crossbuck warning signs at more than 18,000 railroad crossings across Union Pacific’s 23-state system.

Union Pacific also installed emergency notification signs at these crossings.

"The emergency notification signs provide information motorists need if there is a problem," said Steve Berki, director-industry and public projects.

Each crossing has a unique Department of Transportation number that’s included on the sign, along with the toll-free number for UP’s Response Management Communication Center (RMCC). The crossbuck and emergency notification signs were installed at public at-grade crossings without flashing lights or gates. RMCC’s toll-free telephone number is 888-877-7267.

The DOT number enables RMCC to identify the motorist’s exact location. If, for instance, a vehicle is stuck on the track, the dispatcher is notified to stop train traffic.

Through the first eight months of this year, RMCC received 1,381 calls from motorists who were able to report a problem and their location based on information provided on the signs.

The safety initiative also included private crossings which are those that cross the railroad tracks but are not a public street or road. Private crossing, stop and emergency notification signs were installed at all locations except crossings that allow agriculture producers to go from one field to another.

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 and serves the fastest-growing U.S. population centers. Union Pacific’s diversified business mix includes Agricultural Products, Automotive, Chemicals, Energy, Industrial Products and Intermodal. The railroad offers competitive long-haul 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.

For more information contact Mark Davis, (402) 544-5459.

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