Omaha, Neb., August 13, 2010 – Union Pacific Railroad will improve Nebraska and Wyoming's transportation infrastructures by investing nearly $9 million to improve the rail line from Ogallala, Neb., to near Cheyenne, Wyo.
Work on two projects covering more than an 85-mile stretch of railroad track began August 8 and is scheduled to be completed by mid September. One section is between west of Ogallala to Julesburg, Neb., and the second project is west of Sidney, Neb., to near Cheyenne, Wyo.
The projects includes removing and installing nearly 59,000 ties, spreading more than 42,000 tons of rock ballast to reinforce the roadbed and replacing the surfaces at 50 grade crossings Crews will also replace a total of nearly 3.5 miles of rail in various curves between Ogallala, Neb., to near Cheyenne, Wyo.
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 leadingtransportation 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 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.