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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
Train to Wallula, WA © Schnitzel_bank (license)

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.

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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.

Original article © Union Pacific.

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