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UP recognized as 'military friendly' employer

Rail News Home Union Pacific Railroad 8/28/2019 Rail News: Union Pacific Railroad
image Union Pacific Railroad was recognized once again as a "Military Friendly Employer" by Victory Media, the publisher of G.I. Jobs.This year's designation was the fifth consecutive time the magazine recognized UP among employers that "create sustainable and meaningful benefit for the military community after they transition into civilian life," UP officials said in a press release.More than 17 percent of UP employees have military experience, with some still active in the National Guard or Reserves. In the last five years, 24 percent of new hires were veterans.UP's veteran employee resource group dubbed UP VETS helps to attract, develop and retain veterans at the railroad.

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Metra cancels Union Pacific West schedule changes

Rail News Home Union Pacific Railroad 8/27/2019 Rail News: Union Pacific Railroad
image Union Pacific determined that Metra’s proposed changes on UP West could result in conflicts between commuter and freight trains.Photo – Metra

Chicago commuter railroad Metra and Union Pacific Railroad have agreed to cancel a previously announced schedule change on the UP West line, which would have adjusted departure times of some trains on the line by Sept. 3. 

UP determined that the proposed changes on UP West could result in conflicts between commuter and freight trains along the busy rail corridor, Metra officials said in a press release.

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Union Pacific reports PTC progress

Rail News Home Union Pacific Railroad 7/24/2019 Rail News: Union Pacific Railroad
image Union Pacific Railroad has implemented positive train control on 1,081 route miles in the second quarter.Photo – UP

Union Pacific Railroad yesterday announced that it has implemented positive train control (PTC) on 1,081 route miles in the second quarter, bringing its PTC-operated route miles to 14,678, or 86 percent. 

UP now is running PTC operations in 22 states, and is working with freight and passenger railroads to implement PTC on its remaining 2,384 route miles by 2020, UP officials said in a press release. 

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UP posts higher profit, lower expenses in Q2

Union Pacific Railroad reported today that 2019 second-quarter net income rose 4 percent to $1.6 billion, or $2.22 per diluted share, compared with $1.5 billion, or $1.98 per diluted share, in the same quarter a year ago.

UP's operating income rose 8 percent to $2.3 billion and the company's operating ratio (OR) improved to 59.6 percent from 63.0 percent compared with second-quarter 2018.

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UP recognizes 46 companies for safe hazmat practices

Rail News Home Union Pacific Railroad 6/21/2019 Rail News: Union Pacific Railroad
image Union Pacific Railroad has recognized 46 companies with the Class I's Pinnacle Award for safely transporting chemical products by rail.The annual award honors UP customers that implement release prevention protocols, corrective action plans and have zero non-accident releases (NARs) of regulated hazardous materials shipments.UP's hazardous materials safety team supports its customers with joint rail safety training programs and rail-car inspections, UP officials said in a press release."Union Pacific is committed to delivering chemical shipments in the safest manner and applauds this year's Pinnacle Award recipients for their initiatives and measures eliminating rail car chemical releases,” said Kenny Rocker, executive vice president, marketing and sales.To read a list of this year's winners, click on this link.

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