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UP's Iowa infrastructure to get $47 million boost

Rail News Home Union Pacific Railroad 3/27/2018 Rail News: Union Pacific Railroad
imageUnion Pacific Railroad's 2018 capital expenditures program includes $47 million for track and bridge maintenance projects in Iowa.The work will include $39.7 million to maintain track and $5.9 million to maintain bridges in the state.Key projects will include $12 million for work on the Mississippi River Bridge in Clinton; $8.4 million to replace 72,000 ties between Grand Junction and Mallard; and $5.7 million to replace 42,000 ties between Nevada and Tama.Over the past five years, UP has spent $357.5 million on its network in Iowa, according to a UP press release.

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UP to serve Ocean Network at West Coast ports

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imageOcean Network Express Pte. Ltd. (ONE) and Ocean Network Express North America have selected Union Pacific Railroad to handle intermodal shipments arriving on container ships at West Coast Ports effective April 1.ONE, which has a global fleet of more than 250 vessels, was established by a merger of Japan's three largest ocean carriers: MOL, NYK and K Line.Under the agreement, containers arriving or departing from West Coast ports will transfer between ONE vessels and UP trains at its on-dock and near-dock facilities in Los Angeles and Long Beach, California. UP also will carry ONE shipments arriving at ports in Seattle and Tacoma, Washington, UP officials said in a press release."Union Pacific is proud to continue our relationship with the carriers that make up ONE's joint venture and support its changing needs with transportation solutions offering efficient transit times and reliability," said Beth Whited, Union Pacific executive vice president and chief marketing officer. "We are well-positioned to leverage innovative customer tools and international intermodal resources to provide seamless service, flexibility and new market opportunities."With its headquarters in Singapore, ONE's liner network covers more than 100 countries. ONE's North American headquarters is in Richmond, Virginia.

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Port of Oakland OKs rail spur project

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image Cool Port is a 280,000-square-foot distribution center now under construction on 25 acres of Port of Oakland propertyPhoto – Port of Oakland

Port of Oakland Commissioners last week approved an $11 million rail-spur project that would connect Union Pacific Railroad tracks with Cool Port.

Cool Port is a 280,000-square-foot distribution center now under construction on 25 acres of Port of Oakland property. BNSF Railway Co. also will have access. 

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UP announces capex plans for New Mexico

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imageUnion Pacific Railroad's 2017 capital expenditures plan includes $23 million worth of infrastructure projects in New Mexico, the Class I announced Monday.Investments include $22 million to maintain track and $1 million in other improvements across the state, according to a UP press release.Projects include $14 million to replace 116,318 ties and install 55,470 tons of ballast on the line between Carrizozo and Fort Bliss; and $1.6 million to replace 10,615 ties and install 3,000 tons of ballast on the line across Lordsburg."Union Pacific's targeted investments fund projects that strengthen our railroad tracks, increase safety and minimize delays as trains travel through communities across New Mexico," said Brenda Mainwaring, vice president-public affairs.From 2012 to 2016, UP spent more than $105 million on infrastructure projects in New Mexico. The Class I plans to spend $3.1 billion across its network this year.

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UP slates $48 million for 2017 capex in Utah

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UP kicks off bridge work over Bayou Lafourche

Union Pacific Railroad this week began construction on a new bridge over Bayou Lafourche in Donaldsonville, La.

The new bridge is an important part of Louisiana's effort to reintroduce freshwater from the Mississippi River into Bayou Lafourche, UP and state officials said in a press release.

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UP promotes four to marketing, sales leadership posts

Union Pacific Railroad yesterday announced four appointments to leadership roles in marketing and sales.

The personnel changes, which take effect Sept. 1, involve John Kaiser, Jason Hess, Brad Thrasher and Kenny Rocker, according to a UP press release.

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UP notes lowest employee injury rate

Union Pacific Railroad achieved an employee reportable injury rate of 0.70 from January through June, marking the lowest rate in the railroad's 154-year history, the Class I announced yesterday.

Reportable employee injury rates are measured by employee injuries reported to the Federal Railroad Administration for every 200,000 employee-hours worked. UP became the safest U.S. Class I railroad based on its 2015 employee reportable injury rate of 0.87, UP officials said in a press release.

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UP's Q2 profit drops 19 percent on lower volumes

Union Pacific Corp. reported today its second-quarter 2016 profit fell to $979 million, or $1.17 per diluted share, compared with $1.2 billion, or $1.38 per diluted share, in second-quarter 2015.

Operating revenue declined 12 percent to $4.8 billion, while operating income fell 15 percent to $1.7 billion compared with last year's Q2 performance, UP officials said in a press release.

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UP seeks input on communication center standards

Union Pacific Railroad is soliciting public comments on its Response Management Communications Center (RMCC) as part of a required assessment to maintain the center's accreditation.

The center centralizes UP's responses to critical incidents 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The center is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA).

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Food Logistics recognizes UP's sustainable shipping practices

Union Pacific Railroad was recognized last week by Food Logistics as a "Top Green Provider" for delivering fresh food and beverages, the Class I announced last week.

UP is the first large North American railroad to receive the recognition. The publication's annual list recognizes companies whose products, services or leadership enhances sustainability within the food and beverage industry, UP officials said in a press release.

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UP unveils infrastructure projects for Minnesota, Montana and Wisconsin

Union Pacific Railroad last week announced plans to upgrade its infrastructure this year in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Montana.

Between 2011 to 2015, the Class I has invested more than $50 million in Minnesota, $46 million in Wisconsin and $5.8 million in Montana on infrastructure improvements, according to UP press releases.

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UP unveils infrastructure upgrade plans for New Mexico, Utah, Washington

Union Pacific Railroad recently announced multimillion-dollar infrastructure improvement plans for the states of New Mexico, Utah and Washington.

In New Mexico, UP plans to spend $11.5 million this year — $11 million to maintain track and $196,000 to maintain bridges. A key project: UP has set aside $4 million to replace 22,091 ties and install 7,791 tons of ballast on a line between Lordsburg, N.M., and the Grant-Luna county line.

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UP slates infrastructure upgrades in Nevada, Wyoming

Union Pacific Railroad has released its 2016 infrastructure improvement plans for two more states: Nevada and Wyoming.

The Class I plans to spend $28.5 million this year in Wyoming, including $25.9 million to improve track and $2.4 million to maintain bridges. Key allocations include $7.6 million to replace more than 13 miles of rail on a line between Cheyenne and Granite Canon, and $2.6 million to replace nearly four miles of rail on a line between Rawlins and Rock Springs.

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Rail fastener may have caused UP train derailment, report says

Union Pacific Railroad returned to using the tracks where a crude-oil train derailed late last week in Mosier, Ore., near the Columbia River Gorge.

A preliminary investigation indicates a fastener that connects the rail tie with the rail caused the derailment, according to a report in The Oregonian.

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Tank cars involved in UP derailment met new standards

The freight cars of the Union Pacific Railroad crude-oil train that derailed late last week in Oregon were jacketed CPC-1232s with full-height head shields, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) announced yesterday.

The westbound train was transporting tank cars loaded with Bakken crude oil when 16 cars derailed at 12:20 p.m. June 3 in Mosier, Ore. Crude oil was released from at least one car, and several cars then caught on fire.

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UP preps infrastructure projects for Idaho, Oregon, Iowa

Union Pacific Railroad announced plans to spend a total $108 million on rail infrastructure projects in Idaho, Oregon and Iowa in 2016, the Class I announced last month.

In Idaho, UP will spend $34.9 million to maintain track and $883,000 to maintain bridges. Key investments will include $3.3 million to replace 27,704 ties on the rail line in Pocatello; $8.2 million to replace 60,510 ties on the line between Mountain Home and Boise; and $4.2 million to replace 3 miles of rail and 24,000 ties on the rail line along the Pocatello Subdivision and within the Pocatello Yard.

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UP report outlines last year's sustainability improvements

Union Pacific Railroad yesterday issued its "2015 Building America Report," which highlights the Class I's progress toward its safety, social, environmental and economic sustainability goals.

The report uses the Global Reporting Initiative's G4 Guidelines to outline UP's "most relevant" sustainability issues and opportunities, said Scott Moore, senior vice president-corporate relations said in a press release.

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UP charts infrastructure projects in Missouri, Arizona

Union Pacific Railroad plans to spend a total of $91.7 million this year to improve its infrastructure in Missouri and Arizona, the Class I announced this week.

In Missouri, UP has budgeted $54 million, with $37.7 million going toward track maintenance and $15.5 million toward bridge maintenance, according to a UP press release.

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Toyota Logistics recognizes UP for customer service, efficiency

Union Pacific Railroad has received Toyota Logistics Services' 2015 Logistics Excellence Award in Customer Service, the Class I announced yesterday.

Toyota measures outstanding performance of all logistics suppliers, including railroads. Its Logistics Excellence Award considers communication, equipment supply, transit performance, responsiveness, collaboration, business controls and overall ease of doing business, according to a UP press release.

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