Union Pacific to Increase Train Speed Through Strawn for Efficiency and Safety
Spring, Texas, March 30, 2006 To improve efficiency and safety, Union Pacific will gradually add 15 mph to its maximum train speed for freight trains and 24 mph for passenger trains through Strawn, beginning April 10.
Following Federal Railroad Administration guidelines, the railroad will gradually increase the maximum speed limit from 55 mph to 70 mph for freight trains and 55 mph to 79 mph for any passenger trains that might operate through the area. The freight trains will be able to operate at 60 mph by April 10, 65 mph by April 17, and 70 mph by April 24. Passenger trains would be allowed to travel at 79 mph by April 24.
This measure is expected to improve public traffic flow and grade crossing safety by increasing train traffic fluidity through the area. Statistics show that more highway-rail grade crossing collisions occur at slower train speeds. At the same time, slower train speeds can cause traffic delays as trains occupy crossings longer.
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."
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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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