Union Pacific to Increase Train Speed through Muskogee, Okla.

Increased Train Speeds Enhances Safety and Efficiency

Omaha, Neb., April 04, 2008 – Union Pacific Railroad will increase train speed 20 mph by the end of April for certain freight trains on railroad tracks through Muskogee, Okla. Following Federal Railroad Administration regulations, the railroad will gradually increase the maximum train speeds from 20 mph to 40 mph at increments of five miles per hour per week until the new speed limit is reached through the segment of track in Muskogee, including trackage between Shawnee Avenue and Martin Luther King Street.

Recent improvements on this section of track permit operating at higher speeds.  Union Pacific has raised train speeds through numerous communities across its rail network over the last several years following track improvements and has found that not only do the trains operate more efficiently, but motorists are not stopped at the crossings as long.  The change is expected to improve public traffic flow and grade crossing safety as statistics show that more highway-rail grade crossing collisions occur at slower train speeds. 

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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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