Union Pacific Increasing Train Speed Through Council Bluffs, Iowa

Omaha, Neb., November 14, 2005 – Union Pacific Railroad will increase the speed of its trains to 30 mph on the rail line just west of downtown Council Bluffs, Iowa.

The street crossings affected by the speed increase are Avenue G, Avenue B, 2nd Avenue, South 13th Street, 5th Avenue and South 16th Street.

Train speeds will be increased five miles per hour each week beginning November 21 until the new speed limit is reached on November 28. Trains currently operate through Council Bluffs on this line at 20 mph because of track and operating constraints. Recent track improvements permitted higher speeds.

Union Pacific has raised train speeds through several communities following necessary highway/railroad grade crossing signal modifications and has found that not only do the trains operate more efficiently, but also motorists are not stopped at the crossings as long.

Union Pacific Corporation owns one of America’s leading transportation companies. Its principal operating company, Union Pacific Railroad, is the largest railroad in North America, covering 23 states across the western two-thirds of the United States. A strong focus on quality and a strategically advantageous route structure enable the company to serve customers in critical and fast growing markets. It is a leading carrier of low-sulfur coal used in electrical power generation and has broad coverage of the large chemical-producing areas along the Gulf Coast. With competitive long-haul routes between all major West Coast ports and eastern gateways, and as the only railroad to serve all six major gateways to Mexico, Union Pacific has the premier rail franchise in North America.

For further information, contact Mark Davis: (402) 544-5459

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