Union Pacific Community Advisory Panel of Central Arkansas


The Union Pacific Community Advisory Panel (UPCAP) of Central Arkansas provides a forum for developing key relationships between the community and Union Pacific Railroad and for engaging in open dialogue on topics of mutual concern.


  • To exchange ideas and discuss topics of mutual concern to the community and the railroad, including safety, health, environmental, educational and economic issues.
  • To identify community concerns related to railroad operations and provide feedback to Union Pacific.
  • To provide input to the community from the railroad about operations and concerns.
  • To provide an opportunity for Union Pacific to test ideas and plans.


The first meeting took place in November 1997, with community members and representatives of Union Pacific forming a steering committee to develop the mission and ground rules, which were adopted on February 12, 1998.

The panel meets on the third Thursday of every other month at Union Pacific’s Jenks Shop in North Little Rock. A neutral facilitator runs the meetings. Following dinner and a brief business meeting, a guest speaker typically is featured.


Membership is comprised of representatives of Union Pacific Railroad and of different sectors of the Central Arkansas community, including business and industry; education; emergency management; emergency responders; environment; health, medical and safety; and local government. Membership also includes individuals from the community at large.

Contact Information

  • Facilitator: Dr. Alesia Ferguson, Associate Professor, Environmental & Occupational Health, UAMS
  • Union Pacific Non-Emergency – 501-373-2980
  • Union Pacific Emergency – 888-877-7267
  • Union Pacific Grade Crossing Hotline – 800-848-8715