Union Pacific Railroad Employees Encouraged to Contact the Railroad Following Rita's Passing
Omaha, Neb., September 23, 2005 Union Pacific Railroad employees living in areas where Hurricane Rita is predicted to make landfall are encouraged to follow all emergency instructions in their area.
After the storm passes, employees should call 1-877-877-2567 to let Union Pacific know they are safe. Callers will be asked to leave their names and contact information.
All South Texas yard operations were shutdown at noon Thursday, September 22. As a result, UP has issued embargoes on its primary routes into southern Texas, including Lake Charles through Houston to Brownsville. Main line operations in south Texas have been suspended until the storm passes.
Eleven train dispatching positions were moved from the Spring, Texas, Dispatching Center (SDC) to Omaha. The SDC controls the movement of trains over much of Texas and Louisiana. Spring is located just north of Houston.
Resources and materials have been staged north and west of the storm’s expected landfall including nearly 400 railcars of rock ballast, 450 portable electric generators and materials to rebuild track damaged as the result of the passing storm.
Employee information and service updates are on Union Pacific’s Web site at www.up.com. Click on the hurricane icon located on the bottom right of the homepage.
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 further information, contact Mark Davis (402) 544-5459.
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