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$4 Million for West Chicago Line

11/09/2008 AT 07:23

The track improvements also will create smoother crossing surfaces for motorists and allow trains to operate more efficiently on the route between Elmhurst and West Chicago, Ill. Metra is contributing an additional $450,000 to the project.

When the project is complete, crews will have removed and installed 28,500 ties, spread 9,100 tons of rock ballast to ensure a stable roadbed and replaced the surfaces at two crossings. Work began on these projects began October 1 and is scheduled to be completed by the end of October.

During 2008, Union Pacific plans to invest a total of $3.1 billion for capital projects that include $1.6 billion earmarked to strengthen the track infrastructure across its more than 32,300-mile system. This extensive investment in the railroad's track helps ensure Union Pacific has the capability to offer quality, safe and cost-effective service to meet its customers' current and future transportation needs.

Since 2003, Union Pacific has invested $535 million for capital projects in Illinois, with $100 million spent in 2007.

$8 Million for Northeast Illinois Line

Motorists will spend less time waiting at crossings for trains to pass as a result of $8 million in track improvements being made by Union Pacific Railroad to its Northeast Illinois line.

A New Train Control For Los Angeles Area By 2012

Union Pacific Corporation announced that it has developed an implementation plan that should deliver Positive Train Control (PTC) technology to UP rail lines shared with commuter lines in the LA region in the year 2012.

Missouri Provides $5 Million For Improved Service

Reliability of Kansas City to St. Louis trains operated by Amtrak for the Missouri Department of Transportation can improve, thanks to $5 million provided by the Missouri state legislature and approved by Gov. Matt Blunt to increase track capacity on the route.

Track Improvements on Omaha Main Line

Union Pacific Railroad is investing $3.8 million this year on track improvements between Council Bluffs, Iowa and Fremont, Neb.

Expanded Service Hours for UP

Union Pacific's capacity at the Eagle Pass, Texas and Piedras Negras, Mexico, rail border crossing has increased due to an extended hours-of-operation test authorized by U.S. and Mexican customs officials.

$4.7 Million Invested between Necedah and Wyeville

Union Pacific Railroad will increase the speed of its trains to 49 mph on nearly 16 miles of its rail line between Necedah and Wyeville, Wis.

Track Improvements on Northwest Iowa Line

Union Pacific Railroad is investing $3.1 million this year on track improvements between Alton and near Sheldon, Iowa.

Union Pacific Reminds Missourians to be Safe

Union Pacific Railroad asked that motorists and pedestrians in Missouri heed the warning devices at railroad crossings especially during Missouri Rail Safety week that begins April 14.

Increase Train Speed through Oologah

Union Pacific Railroad will increase train speed 10 mph by mid-April for certain freight trains on railroad tracks through the city limits of Oologah, Okla.

Union Pacific's "Green" Fleet

About 55 percent of Union Pacific's more than 8,500-unit locomotive fleet is certified under existing EPA Tier 0, Tier 1 or Tier 2 regulations governing air emissions. That gives Union Pacific the most environmentally friendly locomotive fleet in the nation.

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