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Union Pacific Railroad to invest $33.5M for track and rail facility improvements in Oregon

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Union Pacific Railroad to invest $33.5M for track and rail facility improvements in Oregon

March 10, 2011 - 05:36
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PORTLAND, OR, March 8, 2011 (Press Release) -Union Pacific Railroad will continue investing in Oregon's transportation infrastructure with a $33.5 million investment to enhance the rail line that runs from Oakridge to Harrisburg, and to improve the rail yard in Eugene. The 75-mile track improvement project includes installing 26 miles of new rail and more than 81,000 railroad ties along this premium railroad corridor through the central part of Oregon. Crews will also spread 42,100 tons of rock ballast to ensure a stable roadbed. Additionally, more than 100 road crossings are being resurfaced, providing motorists a smooth transition across designated railroad crossings, and crews will replace 15,400 ties and more than 5,000 tons of ballast in the Eugene rail yard.

Union Pacific plans to spend approximately $3.2 billion in 2011 to support America's current and future freight transportation needs and enhance the safety and efficiency of the railroad's 32,000-mile network. Improvement projects like this one are an example of Union Pacific continuing to support its customers' business through strategic investments.

Improved and additional rail capacity benefits everyone. It allows freight rail service to grow, helping to build a cleaner environment. Union Pacific can move one ton of freight nearly 500 miles on a single gallon of diesel fuel, and, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, freight trains are nearly four times more efficient than trucks. Motorists also benefit from reduced congestion on highways as a single Union Pacific train can remove up to 300 trucks from our roads.

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. Union Pacific serves many of the fastest-growing U.S. population centers and provides Americans with a fuel-efficient, environmentally friendly and safe mode of freight transportation. Union Pacific's diversified business mix includes Agricultural Products, Automotive, Chemicals, Energy, Industrial Products and Intermodal. The railroad emphasizes excellent customer service and offers competitive 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.