Union Pacific Urges Motorists and Pedestrians to Travel Safely Over Labor Day

Omaha, Neb., August 30, 2006 – Across the nation Labor Day has traditionally marked the end of the summer season. Children celebrate the holiday with a day off from school, adults have a day off from work and parades fill city streets across the country. As the last stretch of summer nears and outside activity remains prevalent, Union Pacific stresses safety over the holiday weekend, urging motorists and pedestrians to use extra caution when traveling across or near railroad tracks and grade crossings.

It is important to not only teach railroad safety in the home, but to continually reinforce it as well. Always remind children of the dangers of oncoming trains.

Whether traveling in a vehicle or enjoying the final days of summer with a stroll, be aware of your surroundings and travel only on designated roads and walkways. Please use the following guidelines to keep your family safe this holiday weekend:

  • Never walk along tracks and only cross tracks at designated pedestrian roadway crossings when on foot. Observe and obey all warning signs and signals.
  • At a multiple track crossing waiting for a train to pass, watch out for a second train on the other tracks, approaching from either direction.
  • Flashing red lights signal that a train is approaching from either direction. You can be fined for failure to obey these signals. Never drive or walk around lowered gates at a crossing, and do not cross the tracks until the lights have stopped flashing and it is safe to do so.

Jobs at Union Pacific

Currently, Union Pacific has job openings at many locations throughout its 23-state operating system. Opportunities are available in train service, skilled disciplines (e.g., diesel mechanics and electricians) and management. Interested applicants are encouraged to visit www.up.com and click on "Jobs at UP."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 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 more information, contact Mark Davis at 402-544-5459.

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