Roseville, Calif., August 11, 2010 – Union Pacific Railroad will enhance rail efficiency in the eastern part of Oregon by investing approximately $16.5 million to improve its rail line that runs from Arlington to Huntington, Ore. Work on the 200-mile stretch of railroad tracks is underway in the La Grande area paralleling I-84. Crews of 60 to 100 are working to replace railroad ties with an assembly line of mechanized equipment. The project includes removing and installing new rail on curves and replacing more than 148,000 railroad ties. Crews also will spread 62,000 tons of rock ballast to help stabilize the roadbed.
Union Pacific plans to spend approximately $2.6 billion in 2010 to support America's current and future freight transportation needs and enhance the safety and efficiency of the railroad's 32,000-mile network.
Improved and additional rail capacity benefits everyone. It allows freight rail service to grow, which benefits the environment. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, freight trains are nearly four times more fuel 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 and highways.
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 responsible 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, making it North America's premier rail franchise.