Union Pacific to Spend $5.1 Million on its Washington Rail Infrastructure
Union Pacific is boosting safety and efficiency with an approximately $5.1 million infrastructure investment in Washington this year.
Projects funded by Union Pacific benefit Washington’s overall transportation infrastructure without taxpayer funds.
Washington Rail Infrastructure
Union Pacific’s investment plan funds a range of initiatives including $3.5 million to maintain railroad track. Key projects planned this year include:
- $3.5 million investment along the Ayer Subdivision south of Hooper, Washington, on an infrastructure project to clean and replace the rock ballast under the rail line.
- More than $500 thousand investment in the rail line north of Wallula to replace a section of curve rail.
Wes Lujan, Union Pacific vice president – Public Affairs Western Region, said:
“Union Pacific’s targeted investments fund projects that strengthen our railroad tracks, increase safety and minimize delays as trains travel through communities across Washington”
“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 $5.1 million capital expenditure in Washington is part of an ongoing investment strategy. From 2012 to 2016, Union Pacific invested more than $45 million strengthening Washington’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% decrease in derailments during the same time frame.
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