Union Pacific to Increase Maximum Speed Through Gladewater for Efficiency and Safety
Spring, Texas, May 23, 2006 To improve efficiency and safety, Union Pacific will gradually add 30 mph to its maximum freight train speed, and 39 mph to the maximum passenger train speed through Gladewater, beginning June 5.
Following Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) regulations, the railroad will gradually increase the maximum speed limit from 40 mph to 70 mph for freight trains and to 79 mph for passenger trains that operate on its tracks through Gladewater. The train speeds will increase by five mph each week beginning June 5. By the week of July 10, freight and passenger trains traveling through the area will be able to operate at their new respective speeds.
Union Pacific’s track improvements have made it possible for the FRA to upgrade the track classification from Class 4 to Class 5, allowing for the speed increases.
This measure is expected to improve public traffic flow and grade crossing safety by increasing train traffic fluidity through the area. Statistics show that more highway-rail grade crossing collisions occur at slower train speeds. At the same time, slower train speeds can cause traffic delays as trains occupy crossings longer.
Jobs at Union Pacific
Currently, Union Pacific has job openings at many locations throughout its 23-state operating system. Opportunities are available in train service, skilled disciplines (e.g., diesel mechanics and electricians) and management. Interested applicants are encouraged to visit www.up.com and click on "Jobs at UP."
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 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.
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