Union Pacific Railroad Invests More Than $13 Million to Strengthen Nebraska’s Transportation Infrastructure

Published on : Sunday, May 24, 2015

Union Pacific RailroadUnion Pacific Railroad will strengthen Nebraska’s transportation infrastructure investing more than $13 million in the rail line between Columbus and Grand Island. The project, funded entirely by Union Pacific without taxpayer dollars, began May 21 and is scheduled to be completed the first week of August.

 

The railroad will replace 36,200 railroad ties and install 153,000 tons of rock ballast. The project is one of nearly 1,500 Union Pacific will complete across its 32,000-mile network this year to help improve train operating efficiency, reduce motorist wait times at crossings and enhance safety.

 

“Union Pacific helps businesses connect with consumers, suppliers and markets across the nation and around the world,” said Donna Kush, Union Pacific vice president – Public Affairs, Northern Region. “In addition to helping move our customers’ goods safely and efficiently, our investments support communities by reducing traffic congestion, facilitating industrial development and promoting economic expansion.”

 

The railroad plans to invest nearly $102 million in 2015 to improve Nebraska’s transportation infrastructure. Union Pacific’s planned investment covers a range of initiatives: nearly $90 million to maintain railroad track, nearly $8 million to enhance signal systems and $4 million to maintain or replace bridges in the state.

 

Union Pacific plans to spend $4.2 billion across its network this year, following investments totaling more than $31 billion from 2005-2014. These investments contributed to a 38 percent decrease in derailments over the last 10 years.

 

Source:- Union Pacific Railroad

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