Union Pacific Railroad Opens New $100 Million International Container Facility to Handle Future Growth
Dallas, Texas, September 19, 2005 Union Pacific Railroad today announced the grand opening of its $100 million, 360-acre state-of-the-art intermodal facility near Dallas. The facility will increase by more than five times the railroad’s international container capacity in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, while improving processes and efficiencies.
Located on the west side of I-45 on Pleasant Run Road in Wilmer/Hutchins near Dallas, the new facility will serve dozens of Texas companies that rely on intermodal rail freight to export Texas products and receive imports from around the world.
"Our new Dallas Intermodal Terminal is a state-of-the-art facility that demonstrates Union Pacific Railroad’s unwavering commitment to better serve customers," said Vice President and General Manager of Intermodal John Kaiser. "The new facility increases our ability to handle more efficiently the growing rail-truck freight traffic in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in an environmentally sensitive way."
Because of the substantial growth in intermodal traffic in Texas and particularly in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex over the last several years, Union Pacific’s new Dallas Intermodal Terminal was designed to handle 365,000 over-the-road trailers or ocean-going containers annually. The additional capacity allows Union Pacific to continue to pursue opportunities in this growing rail-truck market.
The Dallas Intermodal Terminal features also include:
- One track for receiving and departure of trains.
- Four tracks with capacity to handle 76 intermodal "double-stack" railcars for unloading.
- Five tracks to stage railcars for unloading.
- Four cranes guided by Global Positioning System technology that allow for more efficient and safer lifting of trailers and containers on and off the railcars. Introduced for the first time at a Union Pacific intermodal yard, the satellite-guided technology also allows for safer operation of dual cranes on parallel tracks.
- "Damage-Free" technology that automatically provides easier handling of containers and reduces potential damage.
- More than 4,000 "staging" or parking places for trailers and containers.
- Advanced technology, coordinating all movement of railcars, trucks and trailers and containers at the facility.
- Technology that decreases truck processing from four minutes to as little as 30 to 90 seconds.
- A state-of-the-art security system.
Intermodal shipping involves moving freight by more than one mode of transportation without re-packing the shipping container. An example:
- An ocean-going container, loaded with consumer goods, arrives by vessel at the Port of Long Beach, Calif., from the Pacific Rim.
- The container is off-loaded from the ship and placed on a railroad flat car.
- The flat car is moved by train to the Dallas Intermodal Terminal.
- The container is removed from the flat car and placed on an over-the-road truck chassis.
- The container is driven over-the-road to the customer in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.
Begun in June 2004, the new facility has additional space for future expansion based on customer demand.
To bring the state-of-the-art facility to reality, Union Pacific Railroad worked with Prime Rail Interests, Inc. and AUI Contractors to form Prime/AUI, LLP. The partnership set up the design/build team that took on the challenging project and its aggressive "fast track" construction timetable.
Prime/AUI worked with Halff Associates, Inc. of Dallas to provide architectural and engineering service on the project.
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.
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