Union Pacific to Increase Maximum Train Speed by 10 MPH Through Western Beaumont, China and Nome, TX

Spring, Texas, October 24, 2006 – To improve efficiency and safety, Union Pacific will gradually increase the maximum train speed of freight trains by 10 miles per hour and by 9 mph for passenger trains through the western part of Beaumont, and through the nearby communities of China and Nome, beginning November 6.

Following Federal Railroad Administration regulations, the railroad will gradually increase the maximum speed limit for freight trains from 60 mph to 70 mph and from 70 mph to 79 mph for passenger trains traveling through those communities.  The gradual increase will be five mph per week until the new limits are reached.

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.

With public safety in mind, Union Pacific is notifying media outlets and has notified public officials within those communities about the upcoming changes.

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.unionpacific.jobs

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.
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