Omaha, Neb., August 27, 2010 – Union Pacific Railroad will improve Kansas' transportation infrastructure by investing more than $11.5 million to improve the rail line from Topeka, Kan., to Herington, Kan.
Work on two projects covering more than an 80-mile stretch of railroad track began August 19 and is scheduled to be completed by the end of October. The projects include removing and installing more than 93,000 ties, spreading nearly 50,000 tons of rock ballast to reinforce the roadbed and replacing the surfaces at 84 grade crossings. In May, crews replaced rail in various curves between Herington and Volland, Kan.
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, helping to build a cleaner 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 off 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 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.