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UP launches employee-led environmental group

Rail News Home Union Pacific Railroad 11/24/2021 Rail News: Union Pacific Railroad
image Planet Tracks is the first business resource group dedicated to sustainability at a Class I, according to UP Chairman, President and CEO Lance Fritz, shown third from left. Photo – up.com

Union Pacific Railroad has launched a new employee-led business resource group focused on environmental sustainability.

Called "Planet Tracks," the new group is dedicated to "helping employees champion and promote environmental stewardship and sustainability initiatives," UP officials reported in the Class I's Inside Track newsletter.

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UP implements OptRail's AMP technology

Rail News Home Union Pacific Railroad 11/19/2021 Rail News: Union Pacific Railroad
image Union Pacific Railroad has implemented digital technology company OptRail's new Advanced Movement Planner (AMP) technology on the Class I's CADX system. CADX is the UP’s primary system used by dispatchers to manage train movement across the railroad's 23-state network. AMP provides real-time information that will help identify potential delays or disruptions. In some cases, the AMP may be used to automatically correct potential issues without involving a dispatcher, UP officials said in a press release. The technology is based on a mathematical approach, which, unlike rule-based algorithms, allows flexibility when modeling rail operator goals. Implementation of AMP across the 32,000-mile UP system is expected to be finished by year's end.

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UP recognized for recruiting, hiring military veterans

Rail News Home Union Pacific Railroad 11/12/2021 Rail News: Union Pacific Railroad
image Nearly 20% of Union Pacific employees are veterans, with some still active in the National Guard or Reserves. Photo – up.com

Union Pacific Railroad was named a 2021 Gold Medallion recipient by the U.S. Department of Labor’s (USDOL) HIRE Vets Medallion Program, which advocates for the hiring and support of veterans.

UP has accomplished “exceptional achievement” in recruiting and hiring veterans, USDOL officials said in a press release. UP has hired former military service members since its beginning in the 1860s when it hired Civil War veterans. More than 17% of UP employees have military experience with some still active in the National Guard or Reserves. Veterans represent 24% of new hires within the last five years.

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UP ties $5.5 million in grants to DEI goals

Rail News Home Union Pacific Railroad 11/10/2021 Rail News: Union Pacific Railroad
image Union Pacific Railroad is donating the funds to 576 nonprofit organizations. Photo – Union Pacific Railroad

Union Pacific Railroad is awarding $5.5 million in grants to 576 nonprofit organizations part of the Class I's Community Ties Giving Program.

Eighty-three percent of the money is going to “local organizations that align with UP’s civersity, equity and inclusion (DEI) values," UP officials said in a press release. An estimated 16 million people across the railroad's 23-state network will benefit from the grants, which were awarded based on the company's three top philanthropic priorities: safety, workforce development and community spaces. The grants range from $2,500 to $25,000 each.

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UP steps up efforts to reduce supply chain congestion

Rail News Home Union Pacific Railroad 10/26/2021 Rail News: Union Pacific Railroad
image Union Pacific Railroad yesterday announced additional steps aimed at reducing the supply chain backlog and speeding up the flow of goods to and from the West Coast ports. To encourage weekend in-gates and reduce backlog at the ports, UP will run a pilot program through Dec. 31, offering a $60 per container refund to its ocean carrier customers for each container in-gated on Saturdays and Sundays at its near-port intermodal container transfer facility (ICTF) in Long Beach, California. The refund will apply to containers in-gated incremental to each customer's current 2021 weekend average, UP officials said in a press release. UP recently increased gate access to 24/7 at ICTF, adding 20 weekend hours and providing customers with greater opportunities to move freight in and out. The move supports the ports of Los Angeles’ and Long Beach’s recent move to 24/7 operations. The refund is another example of Class I's continued efforts to find creative solutions to ease supply chain congestion, company officials said. Other steps UP has taken include the reopening of its Global III terminal outside Chicago and its Englewood terminal in Houston, providing additional inland storage capacity. UP has also shuttled freight to less stressed terminals within the same metroplex to maximize freight availability for its customers. With the nationwide driver shortage being a key factor in the congestion, UP is leveraging technology with its UPGo app to decrease the time it takes a driver to drop off and pick up intermodal containers, and UP is utilizing subsidiary drayage capacity through its LOUP subsidiary to help shippers.

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