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Union Pacific Distribution Services Achieves Top Score for Environmental Protection Agency's SmartWay Transport Program

Omaha, Neb., April 28, 2011 – Union Pacific Distribution Services (UPDS) achieved the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) SmartWay Transport program's highest score, joining the ranks of exceptional environmental performers dedicated to energy efficiency and air quality.

SmartWay Transport is a collaborative effort between the EPA and the freight sector designed to improve energy efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas and air pollutant emissions, and improve energy security. Companies that participate in SmartWay Transport programs save money, reduce fuel consumption and are recognized for their social responsibility and leadership.

 "Increasingly, customers are considering fuel economy and environmental impact when making logistics provider decisions," said Brad Thrasher, UPDS assistant vice president and general manager. "This certification shows our dedication to environmental stewardship and providing the best value for our customers."

A Union Pacific Railroad subsidiary, UPDS became a SmartWay Transportation Partner in 2008. UPDS earned the program's highest score by utilizing most of the commercially available fuel saving strategies and actively evaluating the latest emerging technologies.

Union Pacific Railroad has been a SmartWay Transport provider since 2005, achieving the program's top score in 2006 and retaining it each year since. Partner ratings are calculated by various fuel-efficiency and emission control technologies, policies and fleet strategies.

About Union Pacific Distribution Services

Union Pacific Distribution Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of Union Pacific Railroad, specializes in designing and executing rail-based logistics and provides safe, reliable delivery with high-quality service. UPDS provides seamless door-to-door transportation solutions by combining the economies of long-haul rail service with the flexibility of over-the-road movements.

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 responsible 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, making it North America's premier rail franchise.

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