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Union Pacific to Invest $48.1 Million in its Utah Rail Infrastructure

Union Pacific is boosting safety and efficiency with an approximately $48.1 million infrastructure investment in Utah this year.

Projects funded by Union Pacific benefit Utah’s overall transportation infrastructure without taxpayer funds.

Utah Rail Infrastructure
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Utah Rail Infrastructure

Union Pacific’s investment plan funds a range of initiatives: $40.3 million to maintain railroad track and $4.2 million to maintain bridges in the state. Key projects planned this year include:

  • $18.4 million investment in the rail line between Wells, Nevada, and Salt Lake City, Utah, to replace 146,327 railroad ties during a tie replacement project.
  • $6.8 million investment in the rail line between Lynndyl and Tooele to replace 55,546 railroad ties during a tie replacement project.
  • $2.6 million investment in the rail line between Ogden, Utah, and Granger, Wyoming, to replace more than 4 miles of curve rail.

Wes Lujan, Union Pacific vice president – Public Affairs, Western Region:

“Union Pacific’s targeted investments fund projects that strengthen our railroad tracks, increase safety and minimize delays as trains travel through communities across Utah”

“Maintaining a healthy railroad is the foundation of our ability to serve customers and communities across the state.”

Union Pacific’s Investment Strategy

This year’s planned $48.1 million capital expenditure in Utah is part of an ongoing investment strategy. From 2012 to 2016, Union Pacific invested more than $221 million strengthening Utah’s transportation infrastructure.

Union Pacific plans to spend $3.1 billion across its network this year. The company has invested $51 billion since 2000, contributing to a 40 percent decrease in derailments during the same time frame.

Original article © Union Pacific.

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