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Union Pacific Invests $4 Million for Track Improvements to Its West Chicago Line


Trains to Operate More Efficiently, Resulting in Less Motorist Waiting at Crossings

Motorists will spend less time at crossings waiting for trains to pass as a result of $4 million in track improvements made by Union Pacific Railroad to its West Chicago Line. The track improvements also will create smoother crossing surfaces for motorists and allow trains to operate more efficiently on the route between Elmhurst and West Chicago, Ill. Metra is contributing an additional $450,000 to the project.

When the project is complete, crews will have removed and installed 28,500 ties, spread 9,100 tons of rock ballast to ensure a stable roadbed and replaced the surfaces at two crossings. Work began on these projects began October 1 and is scheduled to be completed by the end of October.

During 2008, Union Pacific plans to invest a total of $3.1 billion for capital projects that include $1.6 billion earmarked to strengthen the track infrastructure across its more than 32,300-mile system. This extensive investment in the railroad’s track helps ensure Union Pacific has the capability to offer quality, safe and cost-effective service to meet its customers’ current and future transportation needs.

Since 2003, Union Pacific has invested $535 million for capital projects in Illinois, with $100 million spent in 2007.


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