Train Speed to Increase on Union Pacific Line Through Marion and Communities Along Route 13 in Southern Illinois

Omaha, Neb., May 2, 2007 – Union Pacific Railroad will begin operating its trains at 49 miles per hour through multiple grade crossings in Marion, Ill. and across Route 13 beginning in mid-May.

Recent improvements on this section of track permit operating at higher speeds.  Union Pacific has raised train speeds through numerous communities across its rail network over the last several years following track improvements and has found that, not only do the trains operate more efficiently, but motorists are not delayed at the crossings as long. 

Not only will traffic flow improve, but grade-crossing safety will not be compromised. Government statistics show that train speed does not significantly affect the likelihood of grade crossing collisions. 

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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 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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