Union Pacific to Increase Train Speed Through Orange, Texas

Increased Train Speeds Enhances Safety and Efficiency

Omaha, Neb., January 28, 2008 – Union Pacific Railroad will increase speed for certain freight trains from 35 mph to 50 mph and 60 mph for passenger trains on a 1.3 mile segment across multiple grade crossings in Orange, Tex. including W. Park Ave., Burton, Ave., Link Ave. and Cordrey Ave.

Beginning on Feb. 1, Union Pacific will gradually increase train speeds five miles per hour each week until the new limits are reached in early March.

Recent track 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 stopped at the crossings as long.  The change is expected to improve public traffic flow and grade crossing safety as statistics show that more highway-rail grade crossing collisions occur at slower train speeds. 

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Union Pacific Corporation owns one of America’s leading transportation companies. Its principal operating company, Union Pacific Railroad, is the largest railroad in North America, covering 23 states across the western two-thirds of the United States. A strong focus on quality and a strategically advantageous route structure enable the company to serve customers in critical and fast growing markets. It is a leading carrier of low-sulfur coal used in electrical power generation and has broad coverage of the large chemical-producing areas along the Gulf Coast. With competitive long-haul routes between all major West Coast ports and eastern gateways, and as the only railroad to serve all six major gateways to Mexico, Union Pacific has the premier rail franchise in North America.

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