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Union Pacific and Operation Lifesaver Team Up September 21-25 To Promote Railroad Crossing and Pedestrian Safety in Northern California As Part of Railroad Safety Month

Roseville, Calif., September 18, 2009 – Union Pacific's safety train and Operation Lifesaver are teaming up to promote highway-railroad crossing and pedestrian safety in Northern California September 21-25.  September is Railroad Safety Month in California.

Operation Lifesaver is the nationwide, non-profit public safety education and outreach program designed to eliminate collisions, deaths and injuries where streets and roads cross railroad tracks at grade and on railroad rights of way.

Community leaders, law enforcement officers and education officials will be learning about highway-railroad grade crossing safety.  As guests on specially equipped passenger cars operated by Union Pacific on its rail lines, they will have a rare opportunity to see what train crew members see because video cameras are mounted in the locomotive cabs broadcasting to television monitors in the passenger cars.

"This special train is just one way we can work to educate and call attention to highway-railroad grade crossing and pedestrian safety," said Pat McGrath, Union Pacific senior special agent. "We always look for unique ways to deliver our safety message to the general public and civic leaders."

During the train's tour, departures will be made at the following Northern California locations:

  • Monday, September 21:  Roseville to Chico, departure at 8 a.m.
  • Tuesday, September 22: Roseville to Stockton, departure at 8 a.m.
  • Wednesday, September 23: Stockton, departure at 8 a.m.
  • Thursday, September 24: Stockton to Fresno, departure at 8 a.m.
  • Friday, September 25: Fresno, departure at 8 a.m.

Union Pacific joined California Senator Carol Liu, Assemblyman Mike Davis, members of the California legislature and other railroad entities August 27 to kick off Railroad Safety Month. The goal is to raise awareness of freight train and commuter rail operations, as well as multiple heavy and light rail systems that run through densely populated areas of California on a daily basis.

There are more than 11,000 at-grade public rail crossings located within 52 counties and 400 cities in California. According to the Federal Railroad Administration, there has been a 38 percent decrease in crossing incidents and an 18 percent decrease in trespasser incidents since 2008.

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 friendly 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.

For additional information, contact Tom Lange at (402) 544-3560 or via email at tomlange@up.com.

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