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Texas Transportation Infrastructure Receives $450 million Boost from Union Pacific
News Release
Monday, March 05, 2018

Spring, Texas Texas’s transportation infrastructure will receive a $450 million boost from Union Pacific Railroad in 2018. The company’s planned private investment will enhance safety, operating efficiency and support customer service.

 

Union Pacific builds and maintains its track without taxpayer funds and its trains reduce traffic on Texas’s congested highways. A single Union Pacific train can carry as much freight as 300 trucks and move one ton of freight 452 miles on a single gallon of diesel, generating a carbon footprint that is 75 percent less than trucks.

 

Union Pacific’s private investments sustain jobs and ensure the company meets growing demand for products used in the American economy. The company’s planned investment covers a range of initiatives, including $320 million to maintain railroad track and $94 million to maintain bridges in the state. Key projects planned this year include:

 

·   $17 million investment in the rail line between Ranger and Sweetwater to replace 115,469 railroad ties and install 54,273 tons of rock ballast.

·   $14 million investment in the rail line between Raymondville and Robstown to replace 116,091 railroad ties and install 72,346 tons of rock ballast.

 

This year’s planned $450 million capital expenditure in Texas is part of the company’s ongoing investment strategy. In the last five years, 2013-2017, Union Pacific invested more than $2.3 billion strengthening Texas’s transportation infrastructure.

Additionally, in February Union Pacific announced construction on Brazos Yard in Robertson County, Texas. This $550 million facility represents the largest capital investment in a single facility for the company and is scheduled for completion in 2020.

 

“Our targeted investments support customers and enhance our efficiency to deliver the goods American businesses and families use daily,” said Brenda Mainwaring, Union Pacific assistant vice president - Public Affairs, Southern Region.

 

Union Pacific plans to spend $3.3 billion across its network this year, following investments totaling approximately $34 billion from 2008-2017.

 

 

ABOUT UNION PACIFIC
Union Pacific Railroad is the principal operating company of Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE: UNP). One of America's most recognized companies, Union Pacific Railroad connects 23 states in the western two-thirds of the country by rail, providing a critical link in the global supply chain. In the last 10 years, 2008-2017, Union Pacific invested approximately $34 billion in its network and operations to support America's transportation infrastructure. The railroad's diversified business mix is classified into its Agricultural Products, Energy, and Industrial and Premium business groups. Union Pacific serves many of the fastest-growing U.S. population centers, operates from all major West Coast and Gulf Coast ports to eastern gateways, connects with Canada's rail systems and is the only railroad serving all six major Mexico gateways. Union Pacific provides value to its roughly 10,000 customers by delivering products in a safe, reliable, fuel-efficient and environmentally responsible manner.




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