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E-Railsafe Program Helps Union Pacific Ensure Railroad Safety and Security Awareness

Omaha, Neb., April 29, 2009 – Continuing to improve the safety and security of the railroad is a core value at Union Pacific.  As part of the company's ongoing safety and security awareness efforts, Union Pacific has leveraged technology to provide enhanced benefits to the railroad and its contractors by implementing E-Railsafe.

E-Railsafe is just one of the programs Union Pacific utilizes to help ensure safety and security at its rail yards, shops, offices and along the company's 32,000 miles of track. The brainchild of Union Pacific and now used by Class I railroads in the U.S. and Canada, E-Railsafe ensures that third-party contractors working on railroad property do the following:

  • Complete a railroad safety training course;
  • Complete a railroad security awareness course; 
  • Acquire a contractor photo identification credential, and
  • Pass a criminal history check.

"The safety and security of our employees, the communities in which we operate, and our customers are always of utmost importance to Union Pacific," said Dennis Jenson, assistant vice president and Union Pacific chief of police.

E-Railsafe also delivers benefits to contract companies by ensuring a professional background check that could be useful in making employment decisions, providing exposure to railroad safety and security awareness training, and offering a software program that can serve as a human resources employee documentation tool.

"We are proud of our safety and security awareness efforts at Union Pacific," Jenson said. "We continually work with employees, our local communities and customers to make our railroad safe and secure."

For additional information on E-Railsafe, a service of, go to For additional information about Union Pacific's safety and security awareness efforts, go to www.up.comand click on the media tab.

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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