05/23/2011 AT 18:53
"The Blacks Fork Rail Yard is the latest example of our company's commitment to grow with our customers and provide great service," said Jim Young, Union Pacific chairman and chief executive officer. "By improving the way rail cars are sorted for specific destinations, we are increasing efficiency, creating faster delivery time, and helping our customers compete in a global economy."
Rail yard construction began in August 2008 and was completed in December 2010. Union Pacific plans to spend approximately $3.3 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 such as this are examples 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 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.
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) today presented Union Pacific Railroad with an Environmental Excellence Award for developing some of the most environmentally friendly locomotives, which are now operating in the Lone Star State.
Union Pacific Railroad will continue improving Missouri's transportation infrastructure with a nearly $29 million investment to enhance the rail line that runs from St. Louis to near Morrison.
Drivers will spend less time waiting for trains to pass as Union Pacific increases the speed of its trains on the rail line that runs between Klamath Falls, Ore., and Perez, Calif. Union Pacific recently invested more than $1.5 million to enhance its track infrastructure.
Union Pacific Railroad will improve Wisconsin and Illinois' transportation infrastructures by investing nearly $15 million to improve the freight rail line that runs from Milwaukee, Wis., to Chicago, Ill.
Union Pacific Railroad will improve Wisconsin's transportation infrastructure by investing more than $4 million to improve the rail line that runs from near Hudson, Wis., to near Menomonie Jct., Wis.
Union Pacific Railroad will improve Nebraska's transportation infrastructure by investing more than $2 million to improve the rail line from Lexington, Neb., to near Gothenburg, Neb.
Union Pacific will improve Houston's transportation infrastructure with a $29 million investment to improve the rail line that runs from Spring, Texas, to the Washington Avenue Corridor.
Union Pacific Railroad is investing nearly $42 million to improve its existing rail lines in Arizona.
Amtrak trains operated under a contract with the Illinois Department of Transportation are providing a way to overcome the unpredictable costs of driving and drew more than 1.8 million passengers to state-supported routes in Fiscal Year 2009.
Union Pacific Railroad and CSX Transportation (CSXT) are proud to announce the launch of RailChem Connect, a coordinated rail service for expedited transport of chemicals between the Texas Gulf Coast region and the Southeast.