Union Pacific Invests $4 Million for Track Improvements to Its Excelsior Springs, MO., to Allerton, Iowa, Line
Trains to Operate More Efficiently, Resulting in Less Motorist Waiting at Crossings
Omaha, Neb.– Motorists will spend less time at crossings waiting for trains to pass with trains operating more efficiently as a result of more than $4 million in track improvements made by Union Pacific Railroad to its Excelsior Springs, Mo., to Allerton, Iowa, line.
When the project is complete, crews will have removed and installed more than seven miles of rail in various curves between Excelsior Springs, Mo., and Allerton, Iowa. Work began on this project January 28 and is scheduled to be completed by the end of March.
Union Pacific invested more than $80 million for capital projects in Missouri in 2007 and 2008.
During 2009, Union Pacific plans to invest a total of $2.8 billion for capital projects that include $1.8 billion earmarked to strengthen the track infrastructure across its more than 32,000-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.
Improved and additional rail capacity benefits everyone. It allows freight rail service to grow, helping to build a cleaner environment - freight train emissions are one-third as much as trucks. Motorists also benefit from reduced congestion on America’s highways since a single train can remove up to 300 trucks off our roads.
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